Investigating the impact of emotions on perceiving serendipitous information encountering

Xu Sun, Xiaosong Zhou, Qingfeng Wang, Sarah Sharples

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Despite the potential importance of emotional aspects in information seeking, there is a lack of adequate attention to emotions' role in facilitating serendipitous information encountering. This paper contributes to this research gap by investigating the role of emotions during the process of perceiving and experiencing serendipitous information encountering in a controlled laboratory setting. The results show that applying a sketch game can stimulate participants' emotions. Our findings indicate that participants are more likely to experience serendipitous information encountering under the influence of positive emotions. This study contributes to an understanding of the relationship between emotions and the perception of serendipitous information encountering. The implications of the possibilities of facilitating positive emotions to induce serendipitous information encountering are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-18
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Issue number1
Early online date17 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Library and Information Sciences


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