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Intimacy in Phone Conversations: Anxiety Reduction for Danish Seniors with Hugvie.

Yamazaki R, Christensen L, Skov K, Chang CC, Damholdt MF, Sumioka H, Nishio S, Ishiguro H - Front Psychol (2016)

Bottom Line: Danish participants (ii), investigate whether gender plays a role in this psychological effect (stress reduction) and (iii) if there is a preference of this type of communication technology (Hugvie vs. a regular telephone).This indicates that openness to experiences may increase the chances of having an anxiety reduction from being with Hugvie.We discuss the implications of the results and further elaborations.

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Affiliation: Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International Kyoto, Japan.

ABSTRACT
There is a lack of physical contact in current telecommunications such as text messaging and Internet access. To challenge the limitation and re-embody telecommunication, researchers have attempted to introduce tactile stimulation to media and developed huggable devices. Previous experiments in Japan showed that a huggable communication technology, i.e., Hugvie decreased stress level of its female users. In the present experiment in Denmark, we aim to investigate (i) whether Hugvie can decrease stress cross-culturally, i.e., Japanese vs. Danish participants (ii), investigate whether gender plays a role in this psychological effect (stress reduction) and (iii) if there is a preference of this type of communication technology (Hugvie vs. a regular telephone). Twenty-nine healthy elderly participated (15 female and 14 male, M = 64.52 years, SD = 5.67) in Jutland, Denmark. The participants filled out questionnaires including State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, NEO Five Factor Inventory (NEO-FFI), and Becks Depression Inventory, had a 15 min conversation via phone or Hugvie and were interviewed afterward. They spoke with an unknown person of opposite gender during the conversation; the same two conversation partners were used during the experiment and the Phone and Hugvie groups were equally balanced. There was no baseline difference between the Hugvie and Phone groups on age or anxiety or depression scores. In the Hugvie group, there was a statistically significant reduction on state anxiety after meeting Hugvie (p = 0.013). The change in state anxiety for the Hugvie group was positively correlated with openness (r = 0.532, p = 0.041) as measured by the NEO-FFI. This indicates that openness to experiences may increase the chances of having an anxiety reduction from being with Hugvie. Based on the results, we see that personality may affect the participants' engagement and benefits from Hugvie. We discuss the implications of the results and further elaborations.

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Mentions: The experiment took place at COBE Lab at Aarhus University. The participants filled out the questionnaires and had the conversation in separate rooms. In the questionnaire room, we prepared and accepted the informed consent, the pre-conversation questionnaires and one of our staff assisted with the first saliva sample in this room. In the conversation room, we prepared a big cozy chair, a camera, post-conversation questionnaires and the second saliva sampling tube. We brought either the phone or Hugvie depending on the participant’s group right before the conversation session started (Figure 2). The participants never met their conversation partners, who made the phone calls from another room. During the conversations and the questionnaires, participants were left alone.


Intimacy in Phone Conversations: Anxiety Reduction for Danish Seniors with Hugvie.

Yamazaki R, Christensen L, Skov K, Chang CC, Damholdt MF, Sumioka H, Nishio S, Ishiguro H - Front Psychol (2016)

Experimental settings.
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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4835483&req=5

Figure 2: Experimental settings.
Mentions: The experiment took place at COBE Lab at Aarhus University. The participants filled out the questionnaires and had the conversation in separate rooms. In the questionnaire room, we prepared and accepted the informed consent, the pre-conversation questionnaires and one of our staff assisted with the first saliva sample in this room. In the conversation room, we prepared a big cozy chair, a camera, post-conversation questionnaires and the second saliva sampling tube. We brought either the phone or Hugvie depending on the participant’s group right before the conversation session started (Figure 2). The participants never met their conversation partners, who made the phone calls from another room. During the conversations and the questionnaires, participants were left alone.

Bottom Line: Danish participants (ii), investigate whether gender plays a role in this psychological effect (stress reduction) and (iii) if there is a preference of this type of communication technology (Hugvie vs. a regular telephone).This indicates that openness to experiences may increase the chances of having an anxiety reduction from being with Hugvie.We discuss the implications of the results and further elaborations.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International Kyoto, Japan.

ABSTRACT
There is a lack of physical contact in current telecommunications such as text messaging and Internet access. To challenge the limitation and re-embody telecommunication, researchers have attempted to introduce tactile stimulation to media and developed huggable devices. Previous experiments in Japan showed that a huggable communication technology, i.e., Hugvie decreased stress level of its female users. In the present experiment in Denmark, we aim to investigate (i) whether Hugvie can decrease stress cross-culturally, i.e., Japanese vs. Danish participants (ii), investigate whether gender plays a role in this psychological effect (stress reduction) and (iii) if there is a preference of this type of communication technology (Hugvie vs. a regular telephone). Twenty-nine healthy elderly participated (15 female and 14 male, M = 64.52 years, SD = 5.67) in Jutland, Denmark. The participants filled out questionnaires including State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, NEO Five Factor Inventory (NEO-FFI), and Becks Depression Inventory, had a 15 min conversation via phone or Hugvie and were interviewed afterward. They spoke with an unknown person of opposite gender during the conversation; the same two conversation partners were used during the experiment and the Phone and Hugvie groups were equally balanced. There was no baseline difference between the Hugvie and Phone groups on age or anxiety or depression scores. In the Hugvie group, there was a statistically significant reduction on state anxiety after meeting Hugvie (p = 0.013). The change in state anxiety for the Hugvie group was positively correlated with openness (r = 0.532, p = 0.041) as measured by the NEO-FFI. This indicates that openness to experiences may increase the chances of having an anxiety reduction from being with Hugvie. Based on the results, we see that personality may affect the participants' engagement and benefits from Hugvie. We discuss the implications of the results and further elaborations.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus