Chim and her colleagues studied the alignment between people’s preferred mood and their responses to the activities they’re engaged in. The investigators determined that “people derive more enjoyment from activities that match how they ideally want to feel (their “ideal affect”). . . . the authors conducted 4 studies that examined whether valuing calm and other low arousal positive states (LAP) increased enjoyment of calming (vs. exciting) activities. . . . the more participants valued LAP, the more enjoyment they experienced during calming (vs. exciting) amusement park rides, both in the United States and Hong Kong.” These findings by Chim and her team may help designers better understand data collected during the programming phases of projects, for example.
Louise Chim, Candice Hogan, Helene Fung, and Jeanne Tsai. “Valuing Calm Enhances Enjoyment of Calming (vs. Exciting) Amusement Park Rides and Exercise.” Emotion, in press.