Influences of mood on information seeking behavior

Mimi Zhang, Bernard Jansen

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Abstract

In this study, we explored how moods influence the way people seek information. We conducted a controlled lab study to test our hypotheses drawn from affect-as-information theory. Fifty-eight participants were randomly assigned to the happy or sad condition. They were primed for a certain mood, and they then performed a search task and finished a series of questionnaires. Our findings supported affect-as-information: the comparatively happy participants were inclined to process more general and less specific information; the comparatively sad participants were likely to process more specific information. The findings advances theoretical and empirical understanding concerning the characteristics of users' information seeking behavior under different moods. Our study will contribute to affective search systems design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
Pages3395-3400
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event27th International Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2009 - Boston, MA
Duration: 4 Apr 20099 Apr 2009

Other

Other27th International Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2009
CityBoston, MA
Period4/4/099/4/09

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Keywords

  • Affect
  • Emotion
  • Information seeking behavior
  • Mood
  • Web search

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software

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Zhang, M., & Jansen, B. (2009). Influences of mood on information seeking behavior. In Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings (pp. 3395-3400) https://doi.org/10.1145/1520340.1520492