Modelling arousal phases in daily living using wearable sensors

Publication Type Journal Article
Authors Martin Kusserow, Oliver Amft, Gerhard Tröster
Title Modelling arousal phases in daily living using wearable sensors
Abstract In this work, we introduce methods for studying psychological arousal in naturalistic daily living. We present an activity-aware arousal phase modelling approach that incorporates the additional heart rate (AHR) algorithm to estimate arousal onsets (activations) in the presence of physical activity (PA). In particular, our method filters spurious PA-induced activations from AHR activations, e.g., caused by changes in body posture, using activity primitive patterns and their distributions. Furthermore, our approach includes algorithms for estimating arousal duration and intensity, which are key to arousal assessment. We analysed the modelling procedure in a participant study with 180 h of unconstrained daily life recordings using a multi-modal wearable system comprising two acceleration sensors, a heart rate monitor, and a belt computer. We show how participants’ sensor-based arousal phase estimations can be evaluated in relation to daily activity and self-report information. For example, participant-specific arousal was frequently estimated during conversations and yielded highest intensities during office work. We believe that our activity-aware arousal modelling can be used to investigate personal arousal characteristics and introduce novel options for studying human behaviour in in daily living.
Publication IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing
Volume 4
Issue 1
Pages 93–105
Date 2013
DOI 10.1109/T-AFFC.2012.37
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