The Effects of Interactive Emotional Priming on Storytelling: An Exploratory Study

  • Nanjie RaoEmail author
  • Sharon Lynn Chu
  • Randi Weitzen Faris
  • Daniel Ospina
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11869)


We propose that emotional priming may be an effective approach to scaffold the creation of rich stories. There are relatively few emotion-based approaches to support users to create, instead of consume, rich stories. Emotional priming is the technique of using emotion-related stimuli to affect human’s executive control and affective processing. It has been researched mostly in terms of human’s behaviors and decision making. We conducted a within-subjects study with 12 participants to investigate the effects of emotional priming induced through an interactive application on storytelling quality. Two conditions of priming were compared to a baseline condition of no priming. In the first condition, the application primes participants by having asking them to perceive and recognize varying emotional stimuli (perception-based priming). In the second condition, the application primes participants by having them produce varying emotional facial expressions (production-based priming). Analyses show that emotional priming resulted in richer storytelling than no emotional priming, and that the production-based emotional priming condition resulted in statistically richer stories being told by participants. We discuss the possibility of integrating interactive emotional priming into storytelling applications.


Storytelling Emotional priming Facial recognition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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