Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Personal touch: Hearing a heartbeat has the same effect as looking each other in the eye

Date:
April 8, 2011
Source:
Eindhoven University of Technology
Summary:
Hearing the heartbeat of someone you are talking to gives the same feeling of personal contact as looking each other in the eye.

Hearing the heartbeat of someone you are talking to gives the same feeling of personal contact as looking each other in the eye, according to new research. The research focuses on improving human contact when using digital communication channels.
Credit: Olga Gabai / Fotolia

Hearing the heartbeat of someone you are talking to gives the same feeling of personal contact as looking each other in the eye. This is the remarkable conclusion of research at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in partnership with Stanford University and Philips Research. The research focuses on improving human contact when using digital communication channels.

Distance

In the research, performed by doctoral candidate Joris Janssen of TU/e, the test subjects were placed in an immersive virtual environment with a 'virtual' partner. When the test subjects heard a natural heartbeat belonging to their partner, they automatically kept a greater distance in the same way as people do in everyday situations. The test subjects also indicated that they experienced closer contact with their virtual discussion partner because of the heartbeat. The effect was found to be just as great as looking each other in the eye. This effect was measured in virtual reality (VR). Earlier research shows that VR findings of this kind are also applicable to 'real life'.

Loneliness

The aim of the research is to find ways to improve the quality of digital communication. In other words: that users experience the communication as more personal, with the underlying goals of combating loneliness and improving wellbeing and health. Seeing each other is an important factor, and being aware of the other person's heartbeat strengthens the feeling of personal contact still further. This doesn't have to be through sound, Joris Janssen explains. The heartbeat can also be transmitted by a beating (tactile) feeling, for example by wearing a special ring, which has the same effect. So he doesn't expect heartbeats to actually be heard during conversations in the future.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Eindhoven University of Technology. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Joris H. Janssen, Jeremy N. Bailenson, Wijnand A. IJsselsteijn, Joyce H.D.M. Westerink. Intimate Heartbeats: Opportunities for Affective Communication Technology. IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, 2010; 1 (2): 72 DOI: 10.1109/T-AFFC.2010.13

Cite This Page:

Eindhoven University of Technology. "Personal touch: Hearing a heartbeat has the same effect as looking each other in the eye." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 8 April 2011. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110407093118.htm>.
Eindhoven University of Technology. (2011, April 8). Personal touch: Hearing a heartbeat has the same effect as looking each other in the eye. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 28, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110407093118.htm
Eindhoven University of Technology. "Personal touch: Hearing a heartbeat has the same effect as looking each other in the eye." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110407093118.htm (accessed July 28, 2014).

Share This




More Computers & Math News

Monday, July 28, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Google's Next Frontier: The Human Body

Google's Next Frontier: The Human Body

Newsy (July 27, 2014) Google is collecting genetic and molecular information to paint a picture of the perfectly healthy human. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Congress OKs Unlocking Phones From Carriers

Congress OKs Unlocking Phones From Carriers

Newsy (July 26, 2014) A bill legalizing "unlocking," or untethering a phone from its default wireless carrier, has passed Congress and is expected to be signed into law. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Apple Acquires 'Pandora of Books' Service BookLamp

Apple Acquires 'Pandora of Books' Service BookLamp

Newsy (July 26, 2014) Apple reportedly acquired analytics and recommendation engine BookLamp for between $10 and $15 million. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Wikipedia Puts Congress in Time Out, Blocks Editing

Wikipedia Puts Congress in Time Out, Blocks Editing

Newsy (July 26, 2014) An IP address within the House of Representatives was banned from editing Wikipedia articles for 10 days after it made some questionable changes. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins