Data Descriptor: Emotional ratings and skin conductance response to visual, auditory and haptic stimuli

E Gatti, E Calzolari, Emanuela Maggioni, Marianna Obrist
in Scientific Data, Journal article


© 2018 Nature Publishing Groups. All rights reserved. The human emotional reactions to stimuli delivered by different sensory modalities is a topic of interest for many disciplines, from Human-Computer-Interaction to cognitive sciences. Different databases of stimuli eliciting emotional reaction are available, tested on a high number of participants. Interestingly, stimuli within one database are always of the same type. In other words, to date, no data was obtained and compared from distinct types of emotion-eliciting stimuli from the same participant. This makes it difficult to use different databases within the same experiment, limiting the complexity of experiments investigating emotional reactions. Moreover, whereas the stimuli and the participants' rating to the stimuli are available, physiological reactions of participants to the emotional stimuli are often recorded but not shared. Here, we test stimuli delivered either through a visual, auditory, or haptic modality in a within participant experimental design. We provide the results of our study in the form of a MATLAB structure including basic demographics on the participants, the participant's self-assessment of his/her emotional state, and his/her physiological reactions (i.e., skin conductance).