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Physiological compliance for social gaming analysis : cooperative versus competitive play

Kivikangas, J. Matias
Ravaja, Niklas
Published in Interacting with Computers. 2012, vol. 24, no. 4, p. 306-316
Abstract We report the results of an empirical study demonstrating the value of using physiological compliance as a measure of social presence during digital game playing. The physiological activity (facial EMG, electrodermal activity, cardiac activity and respiration) of 21 dyads were acquired synchronously while they were playing a digital game either cooperatively or competitively and either at home or in the laboratory. Physiological compliance was defined as the correlation between the physiological signals of the dyad members. The results of this study confirm that physiological compliance is higher in a conflicting situation than when playing cooperatively. Importantly, the results also demonstrate that physiological compliance is related to self-reported social presence. This suggests that physiological compliance is not limited to negative situations but rather increases due to rich interactions. Only minor differences in physiological compliance were observed between home play and laboratory play, suggesting the ecological validity of laboratory measures. Finally, we propose that compliance measures can be considered as objective indices of social presence in digital gaming.
Keywords Physiological complianceDigital gamesSocial PresenceFacial electromyographyElectrodermal activityCardiac activity
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Research groups Computer Vision and Multimedia Laboratory
Multimodal Interaction Group
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CHANEL, Guillaume, KIVIKANGAS, J. Matias, RAVAJA, Niklas. Physiological compliance for social gaming analysis : cooperative versus competitive play. In: Interacting with Computers, 2012, vol. 24, n° 4, p. 306-316. doi: 10.1016/j.intcom.2012.04.012 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:47408

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