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Comparison of engagement and emotional responses of older and younger adults interacting with 3D cultural heritage artefacts on personal devices

Alelis, Genevieve, Bobrowicz, Ania, Ang, Chee Siang (2015) Comparison of engagement and emotional responses of older and younger adults interacting with 3D cultural heritage artefacts on personal devices. Behaviour & Information Technology, 34 (11). pp. 1064-1078. ISSN 0144-929X. (doi:10.1080/0144929X.2015.1056548) (KAR id:50319)

Abstract

The availability of advanced software and less expensive hardware allows museums to preserve and share artefacts digitally. As a result, museums are frequently making their collections accessible online as interactive, 3D models. This could lead to the unique situation of viewing the digital artefact before the physical artefact. Experiencing artefacts digitally outside of the museum on personal devices may affect the user's ability to emotionally connect to the artefacts. This study examines how two target populations of young adults (18–21 years) and the elderly (65 years and older) responded to seeing cultural heritage artefacts in three different modalities: augmented reality on a tablet, 3D models on a laptop, and then physical artefacts. Specifically, the time spent, enjoyment, and emotional responses were analysed. Results revealed that regardless of age, the digital modalities were enjoyable and encouraged emotional responses. Seeing the physical artefacts after the digital ones did not lessen their enjoyment or emotions felt. These findings aim to provide an insight into the effectiveness of 3D artefacts viewed on personal devices and artefacts shown outside of the museum for encouraging emotional responses from older and younger people.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/0144929X.2015.1056548
Uncontrolled keywords: augmented reality, 3D, elderly people, young adults, emotion, cultural heritage museum artefacts
Subjects: T Technology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Depositing User: Tina Thompson
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2015 11:36 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:27 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/50319 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Ang, Chee Siang: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1109-9689
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