How are you? Introducing stress-based text tailoring

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Can stress affect not only your life but also how you read and interpret a text? Healthcare has shown evidence of such dynamics and in this short paper we discuss customising texts based on user stress level, as it could represent a critical factor when it comes to user engagement and behavioural change. We first show a real-world example in which user behaviour is influenced by stress, then, after discussing which tools can be employed to assess and measure it, we propose an initial method for tailoring the document by exploiting complexity reduction and affect enforcement. The result is a short and encouraging text which requires less commitment to be read and understood. We believe this work in progress can raise some interesting questions on a topic that is often overlooked in NLG.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 17 Aug 2020
EventIntelLanG : Intelligent Information Processing and Natural Language Generation - Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Duration: 7 Sept 20207 Sept 2020


CitySantiago de Compostela
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Bibliographical note

This research was funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 812882. The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme FP7-KBBE-2010-4 under
grant agreement No: 266408. Collaborators from the University of Aberdeen, Rowett Institute gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Scottish Government as part of the Strategic Research Programme at the Rowett Institute

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