The Emotion in Motion Experiment: Using an Interactive Installation as a Means for Understanding Emotional Response to Music

Jaimovich, Javier and Ortiz, Miguel and Coghlan, Niall and Knapp, R. Benjamin

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

In order to further understand our emotional reaction to music, a museum-based installation was designed to collect physiological and self-report data from people listening to music. This demo will describe the technical implementation of this installation as a tool for collecting large samples of data in public spaces. The Emotion in Motion terminal is built upon a standard desktop computer running Max/MSP and using sensors that measure physiological indicators of emotion that are connected to an Arduino. The terminal has been installed in museums and galleries in Europe and the USA, helping create the largest database of physiology and self-report data while listening to music.