The measurement of gripstrength in automobiles: A new approach to detect driver's emotions

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This experimental study investigated grip-strength as a new non-invasive method to detect emotion, A positive emotion (happiness) and a negative emotion (anger) were examined regarding their influence on grip-strength applied to the steering wheel. Results confirmed and extended preliminary findings of LaMont (2000): Subjects showed increased grip-strength while driving a car when strong emotions like anger or happiness were induced. Implications for further research as well as for praxis will be outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Human Factors, Ergonomics, and Safety in Manufacturing and Service Industries
EditorsWaldermar Karwowski, Gavriel Salvendy
Number of pages9
Place of PublicationBoca Raton
PublisherCRC Press
Publication date01.01.2010
ISBN (print)9781439834992, 9781439835005
ISBN (electronic)9780429151736
Publication statusPublished - 01.01.2010

    Research areas

  • Detection of driver's emotions, Grip-Strength, Traffic psychology
  • Business psychology