VISUALIZING GESTURAL ANNOTATION MADE DURING LEISURE RUNS TO PROMOTE RECALL OF AFFECTIVE EXPERIENCE
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In this thesis, we present results from a comparative study exploring whether gestural annotations of felt emotion presented on a map-based visualization can support recall of one’s affective experience of recreational runs. We compare gestural annotations with audio and video notes and a “mental note” baseline. In our research, 20 runners were asked to record their emotional state at regular intervals while running a familiar route. Each runner used one of the four methods to capture emotion over four separate runs. Five days after the last run, runners interacted with an interactive map-based visualization to recall their affective experiences. Results indicate that gestural annotation promoted recall of affective experience more effectively than the baseline condition, as measured by confidence in recall and detail provided. Gestural annotation was also comparable to video and audio annotation in terms of time, confidence and detail. Audio annotation supported recall primarily through the runner’s spoken annotation, but sound in the background was sometimes used. Video annotation yielded the most detail, much directly related to visual cues in the video, however using video annotations required runners to stop during their runs.