Journal article

Measuring the Effects of Stress on Mobile Interaction

Zhanna Sarsenbayeva, Niels van Berkel, Danula Hettiachchi, Weiwei Jiang, Tilman Dingler, Eduardo Velloso, Vassilis Kostakos, Jorge Goncalves

Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive Mobile Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies | ACM Press | Published : 2019


Research shows that environmental factors such as ambient noise and cold ambience can render users situationally impaired, adversely affecting interaction with mobile devices. However, an internal factor which is known to negatively impact cognitive abilities -- stress -- has not been systematically investigated in terms of its impact on mobile interaction. In this paper, we report a study where we use the Trier Social Stress Test to induce stress on participants, and investigate its effect on three aspects of mobile interaction: target acquisition, visual search, and text entry. We find that stress reduces completion time and accuracy during target acquisition tasks, as well as completion t..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This work is partially funded by a Samsung Global Research Outreach grant and JST ERATO Grant Number JPMJER1501, Japan. Eduardo Velloso is the recipient of an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Award (Project Number: DE180100315) funded by the Australian Government.