Exploring the Links between Interaction and Affect: Results from a Study of Sea Level Rise Map Users

Authors: David Retchless*, Texas A&M University at Galveston
Topics: Cartography, Communication, Coastal and Marine
Keywords: cartographic interaction, affect, emotion, user study, sea level rise
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Southdown, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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With much of current cartographic production occurring in digital contexts such as web maps and mobile apps, cartographic design research is increasingly addressing the interactivity afforded by these media. In parallel, the last decade has also seen an increasing focus on the emotional and affective elements of map use. These parallel developments share not only a focus on the map user as an active agent in shaping the cartographic experience, but also similar emphases on motion, change, and goal-directed behavior. Despite these common threads, there has been little research explicitly considering how map interaction may be tied to the emotional objectives and experiences of map users, with the specifics of which types of interaction are associated with which emotions left largely unexplored. This talk explores theoretical connections between emotion and interaction in the cartographic context. It also proposes a method for exploring such connections, and tests this method using map interaction and emotional response data gathered by the researcher in the course of a user study for sea level rise maps.

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