Detection of drivers’ incidental and integral affect using physiological measures

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Conference Proceeding

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This paper discusses the initial findings of an on-going study to determine the affective state of the driver using physiological measures. Incidental (writing past experiences) and integral (hazard events while driving) anger were induced and heart rate was measured throughout the simulated driving experiment. This exploratory study shows the possibility that average heart rate (i.e., beats per minute) can be used to detect both incidental and integral anger, respectively. Future research is planned to determine if the patterns of data fusion can be used by in-vehicle systems to identify specific emotions of the driver and offer counteractive feedback to reduce potential driving errors.

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Copyright 2013 ACM 1-58113-000-0/00/0010. Publisher's version of record: https://www.auto-ui.org/13/docs/wip04-jansen.pdf

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Adjunct Proceedings of the 5th AutomotiveUI Conference, Eindhoven, The Netherlands