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T. RA Giele (2013)

Do fire fighters show emotion in the urban search and rescue domain?

Miscellaneous publication, research project Cognitive Artificial Intelligence, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University.

Recently, a lot of research has been devoted to adapting behavior of robots to the emotional state of their operators. In the NIFTi project, robots are being developed for the urban search and rescue domain. In this paper, we take the first step towards combining these two things: finding out whether firefighters in the urban search and rescue domain show any measurable variation in emotional state to base such adaptations on. We conduct an experiment in which we include emotion triggering events, mainly sound effects representing victims in distress and time pressure reminders. We measured emotion during the experiment in three different ways: facial expression, heart rate (variability) and skin conductance. Results show that emotion triggers were effective and firefighters indeed showed variation in emotional state, measurable by questionnaires and (for some participants) by skin conductance.
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