What situations trigger intense emotions in automobiles?
Authors: Kyungjoo Cha, Joseph Giacomin, Lee Skrypchuk, Youngok Choi, Bryce Dyer
Abstract: Driving involves a variety of events and activities that stimulate emotional experiences. The aim of this investigation was to examine automobile experiences and to identify affective themes. 245 UK-based participants were recruited using a purposive sampling strategy. One study consisted of an online questionnaire which inquired about the automotive experiences which proved most emotionally intense. The second consisted of a simulator based immersive driving experience, followed afterwards by a questionnaire which inquired about the automotive experiences which proved most emotionally intense. Questionnaire responses were clustered into themes using a content analysis method. The study identified 13 major themes and 44 sub-themes. The findings provide guidance regarding the triggers of emotional responses which designers can use to better understand and to improve automotive experiences.
Keywords: Affective Scenario, Automobile, Design Scenario, Emotional Context, Real-Life Experience
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