Computational Affective Sociology

  • William Sims Bainbridge
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4868)


An alternative tradition concerning emotion in human-centered computing is based on sociological conceptions of personality and the emotional meanings of decisions. This essay summarizes work in this area, beginning with the classic Big 5 personality dimensions and the semantic differential, then illustrates recent work with two projects that developed software research tools. The first builds on the semantic differential to measure an individual’s self-esteem across several dimensions, and the second assesses the subject’s reactions to 2,000 common events in terms of 20 emotions.


Affective computing human values personality capture semantic differential sociology 


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  • William Sims Bainbridge
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  1. 1.National Science FoundationVirginiaUSA

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