The emotional impact of search tasks

Arti Poddar, Ian Ruthven

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In this paper we consider the emotional impact of search tasks within Information Retrieval experiments. We study how search tasks of different types lead to different emotionalresponses by experimental participants and study the interaction between emotions and other subjective search variables. We show that some search tasks can lead to negative emotional responses whilst others are characterised by positive experiences. We discuss these findings with respect to how experiments are designed and conducted in Information Retrieval and how studying emotion within experimentation can lead to improved experimental design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd Information Interaction in Context Symposium (IIiX 2010)
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2010
EventThird Symposium on Information Interaction in Context Symposium - Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick, United States
Duration: 18 Aug 201021 Aug 2010


ConferenceThird Symposium on Information Interaction in Context Symposium
Abbreviated titleIIiX '10
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Brunswick


  • experimentation
  • human factors
  • emotional impact
  • informational retrieval
  • search variables


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