Effects of Hunger on Sympathetic Activation and Attentional Processes for Physiological Computing

Ferdinand Pittino, Sandra Mai, Anke Huckauf, Olga Pollatos

Abstract

Assessing users’ states becomes increasingly important also for technical systems. In the present study, we assessed the influence of hunger on processing food versus household items by monitoring eye movements in a picture categorization task. As indicator for sympathetic activation, pupil dilation was additionally assessed in hungry and satiated participants. Food and household items were presented in the left and right visual field and the task of the participants was to indicate whether the pictures in both visual fields represented the same (household vs. food) or different categories (household and food). Although behavioural data did not differ between hungry and satiated participants, more thorough investigations of gaze behaviour showed that hungry participants were more impaired in processing household items than the satiated ones. In addition, mean pupil dilation differed between hungry and satiated participants. Pupil size was shown to correlate with hunger ratings suggesting that gaze-based measures can indeed serve as diagnostic tool for sensing user states.

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Pittino F., Mai S., Huckauf A. and Pollatos O. (2016). Effects of Hunger on Sympathetic Activation and Attentional Processes for Physiological Computing . In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Physiological Computing Systems - Volume 1: PhyCS, ISBN 978-989-758-197-7, pages 152-160. DOI: 10.5220/0006008301520160


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@conference{phycs16,
author={Ferdinand Pittino and Sandra Mai and Anke Huckauf and Olga Pollatos},
title={Effects of Hunger on Sympathetic Activation and Attentional Processes for Physiological Computing},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Physiological Computing Systems - Volume 1: PhyCS,},
year={2016},
pages={152-160},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0006008301520160},
isbn={978-989-758-197-7},
}


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TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Physiological Computing Systems - Volume 1: PhyCS,
TI - Effects of Hunger on Sympathetic Activation and Attentional Processes for Physiological Computing
SN - 978-989-758-197-7
AU - Pittino F.
AU - Mai S.
AU - Huckauf A.
AU - Pollatos O.
PY - 2016
SP - 152
EP - 160
DO - 10.5220/0006008301520160