Tongji University, Shanghai, China
Group work with Zheng Chen, Sebastian Schulz, Wen Yang, Xiaofan He
In environmental psychology research, the most commonly used methods are phenomenological interviews and psychometric scales. Recently, with the development of wearable bio-sensing devices, a new approach based on bio-sensing data is becoming possible.
In this study, we examined the feasibility of using wearable biosensors to document affective experience during in-situ walk. An eight-channelled Procomp multi-bio-sensing devices (EKG, EEG, skin conductance, temperature, facial EMG, respiration) were used, in addition with a GPS tracker, to measure the in situ physiological affective responses to environmental stimuli.
This pilot experiment revealed consistent results between bio-sensing measures and two traditional methods, phenomenological interviews and psychological Likert scale rating, which indicated that mobile bio-sensing could be a promising method in measuring in-situ affective responses to environmental stimuli as well as diagnosing potential environmental stressor.
This new bio-sensory method, as exemplified in the research, could help identify negative stressful stimuli and provide evidence to support design strategies.