A review on mood assessment using smartphones

Zhanna Sarsenbayeva, Charlie Fleming, Benjamin Tag, Anusha Withana, Niels van Berkel, Alistair McEwan

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Due to their abundance of sensors, today’s smartphones can act as a scientific tool to collect contextual information on users’ emotional, social, and physical behaviour. With the continuously growing amount of data that can be unobtrusively extracted from smartphones, mood-tracking and inference methods have become more feasible. However, this does raise critical implications for end-users, including accessibility and privacy. Following a structured selection process, we reviewed 32 papers from the ACM Digital Library on mood inference and tracking using smartphones. We conducted an in-depth analysis of used sensors, platform and accessibility, study designs, privacy, self-reporting methods, and accuracy. Based on our analysis, we provide a detailed discussion of the opportunities for research and practice that arise from our findings and outline recommendations for future research within the area of smartphone-based mood tracking and inference.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2023 - 19th IFIP TC13 International Conference York, UK, August 28 – September 1, 2023 Proceedings, Part II
EditorsJosé Abdelnour Nocera, Marta Kristín Lárusdóttir, Helen Petrie, Antonio Piccinno, Marco Winckler
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9783031422836
ISBN (Print)9783031422829
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventIFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 2023 - York, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Aug 20231 Sept 2023
Conference number: 19th
https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-031-42283-6 (Proceedings)
https://interact2023.org (Website)

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceIFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 2023
Abbreviated titleINTERACT 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Mood inference
  • Mood tracking
  • Smartphones

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