Temperature influences our perception and cognition both consciously and subconsciously. These effects are rooted in our bodily experiences and interactions with the environment, and are even embedded as metaphors in our language. By learning how temperature affects us in different contexts, we can make use of that knowledge to create interventions that help us with personal growth.
This project seeks to apply thermal interfaces to assist with emotion and attention regulation. Stress and attention levels can be inferred using implicit user inputs such as electrodermal activity, heart rate variability, and relative facial temperature. This information can then be used to determine appropriate thermal feedback to implicitly modify the user’s perception and aid with emotional and attention regulation in a minimally disruptive fashion. Chill.out: a perceptual modifier.