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A Review on the Role of Color and Light in Affective Computing

Department of Safety of Vital Activity and Environment, South-West State University, 50 let Oktyabrya, 94, 305040-Kursk, Russia
Instituto de Investigación en Informática de Albacete, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha,02071-Albacete, Spain
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Academic Editor: Takayoshi Kobayashi
Appl. Sci. 2015, 5(3), 275-293;
Received: 13 May 2015 / Revised: 27 July 2015 / Accepted: 30 July 2015 / Published: 5 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feature Papers)
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Light and color are ubiquitous environmental factors which have an influence on the human being. Hence, light and color issues have to be considered especially significant in human-computer interaction (HCI) and fundamental in affective computing. Affective computing is an interdisciplinary research field which aims to integrate issues dealing with emotions and computers. As a consequence, it seems important to provide an updated review on the significance of light and color in affective computing. With this purpose, the relationship between HCI/affective computing and the emotions affected by light and color are introduced in first place. So far, there is a considerable number of studies and experiments that offer empirical results on the topic. In addition, the color models generally used in affective computing are briefly described. The review on the usage of color and light in affective computing includes a detailed study of the characteristics of methods and the most recent research trends. The paper is complemented with the study of the importance of light and color from demographic, gender and cultural perspectives. View Full-Text
Keywords: color; light; affective computing; human-computer interaction; review color; light; affective computing; human-computer interaction; review

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Sokolova, M.V.; Fernández-Caballero, A. A Review on the Role of Color and Light in Affective Computing. Appl. Sci. 2015, 5, 275-293.

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