Automotive seat comfort is becoming one of the major aspects in distinguishing companies from their competitors. We here explored the role of the visual appearance of automotive seats in the perception of initial seat comfort. Unlike discomfort, the concept of comfort is regarded a highly subjective and multi-faceted phenomenon. This paper addressed the possibility of improving the perception of comfort through the mere manipulation of the visual appearance in otherwise identical automotive seats. In addition, the study explored gender differences in sensitivity to the effects of visual appearance and perceived comfort. The results showed that the visual appearance of physically identical seats had a large and statistically significant effect on perceived comfort. Furthermore, the effect of visual appearance on perceived comfort was found to be considerably larger for female participants. The results are discussed in the context of potential underlying mechanisms relating visual appearance to aesthetics, positive affect, perceived ergonomic quality, and product personality. Suggestions for future studies are provided with regards to visual design parameters and their effect on the perception of automotive seat comfort.
|Title of host publication||Advances in Human Factors and Ergonomics 2014|
|Subtitle of host publication||20 Volume Set: Proceedings of the 5th AHFE Conference 19-23 July 2014|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Event||5th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics - Kraków, Poland|
Duration: 19 Jul 2014 → 23 Jul 2014
|Conference||5th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics|
|Period||19/07/14 → 23/07/14|
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- automotive seat comfort
- visual appearance
- perceived comfort
- car seats
- product design