Feeltrace

Method suitability

Study type

Field studies
XLab studies
Online studies
Questionnaire

Development phase

Concepts
Early prototypes
XFunctional prototypes
Products on market

Studied period of experience

Before usage
Snapshots
XAn episode
Long-term UX

Evaluator / Info provider

UX experts
XOne user at a time
Groups of users
Pairs of users

Data

Qualitative
XQuantitative

Applications

XWeb services
XPC software
XMobile software
Hardware designs
Other:

Requirements

XTrained researcher
XSpecial equipment

Summary

Feeltrace is a tool to record the perceived emotional content of a time-dependent stimulus (such as speech). Feeltrace is a software tool designed to collect self-report from observers watching the stimulus to be evaluated.

Description

The participants in a test or experiment use a computer to continuously report the emotion they perceive. They can move a cursor in a space defined by two dimensions, activation (from very passive to very active) and evaluation (from very negative to very positive).

Weaknesses

Feeltrace has been developed and used to measure expressed emotion. It is not completely clear how it would work in research on experienced emotion.

References describing the method

ENGAGE Web site. Cowie, R., Douglas-Cowie, E., Savvidou, S., McMahon, E., Sawey, M., & Schroƌder, M. (2000). `FEELTRACE': An Instrument for Recording Perceived Emotion in Real Time, ISCA Workshop on Speech & Emotion, Northern Ireland 2000, p. 19-24.

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