Archive for category: Emotion

Symposium: Creating and Exploring Digital Empathy, 21 March at the RSA

A prototype of Voight-Kampff machine

The project CEDE is about researching empathy in digital environments, and prototyping devices and services that are designed to facilitate empathy between people. We are organising a one day Creating and Exploring Digital Empathy symposium on Monday 21 March at the Royal Society for the Arts in London, where the project […]

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Wearing your heart on your head

Wearing your heart on your head

The idea for an ‘empathy hat’ was born after a discussion about how comfortable people would be to show how they are really feeling. How open do we want to be about our feelings? Facial expressions are easy to regulate and so are words, but physiological reactions are less easy to […]

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Mood-controlled Light

Seeing one's own mental state displayed in public is a quite intriguing feeling.

Mood Lights from Panos Mavros on Vimeo. So, we wondered, what would be the effects of controlling the ambient lighting of a room using our own – or others’– mood state? What if my friends, family or coworkers could “see” how I am feeling in real-time? What if we could […]

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Defining empathy

Clarifying the "empathy deficit"

Empathy is a complex psychological phenomenon; today there are as many researchers acknowledging discrepancies in the use of the term, as there are inconsistent definitions. Within both psychological science and lacklustre media articles, the word “empathy” has been generalised to allude to a whole host of related, but fundamentally separable, […]

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Mediating Emotion

Mediating Emotion

Everyday life is full of emotion. We react to situations, conversations, sudden events and elements of our environment in affective ways. As the Neuropsychologist Antonio Damasio complellingly argued[1], emotions, such as pleasure and preference, are intrinsic aspects of making decisions, from the mundane to the extraordinary. Above all, however emotion […]

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