Bloody robots as emotional design. How emotional structures change culturally motivated expectations of technology use in hospitals.

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By applying Gilles Fauconnier & Mark Turner’s theory of conceptual blending to a
design case I demonstrate how experiencing emotional qualities in technology design
may influence the way users cognitively reconstruct standard expectations of use. In so
doing, I expand the dominating cognitive theory of emotion in design in three central
respects: (i) the understanding of mixed emotions is deepened; (ii) a more detailed
explanation is given of the specific operations involved in appraisal processes grounded
in embodied interaction; (iii) a structural model is proposed for mapping the constitutive
role that mixed emotions play in product usage and interaction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings from the 6th Conference on Design & Emotion 2008 : Dare to desire
EditorsP. M. A. Desmet, SA Tzvetanova, P. Hekkert, L. Justice
Number of pages14
Publication date2008
ISBN (Print)978-988-17489-2-8
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event6th Conference on Design & Emotion 2008 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 6. Oct 20089. Oct 2008


Conference6th Conference on Design & Emotion 2008
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong

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