Stoop to Conquer: Posture and Affect Interact to Influence Computer Users' Persistence

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Provided by: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Topic: Hardware
Format: PDF
RoCo, a novel robotic computer, has the capability to move its monitor in subtly expressive ways that respond to and promote its user's postural movement. Motivated by Riskind's "Stoop to conquer" research where it was found that postures congruous to the type of outcome a person received (e.g. slumping following a failure or sitting up proudly following a success) led to significantly better performance in a subsequent cognitive task than incongruous postures (e.g. sitting up proudly following a failure or slumping following success), the authors performed two experiments where RoCo was used to manipulate its user's posture.
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