Computer software could read how fast your mouse is moving, and react accordingly to calm you down
People who are angry are more likely to use the mouse in a jerky and sudden, but surprisingly slow fashion, the research found. People who feel frustrated, confused or sad are less precise in their mouse movements and move it at different speeds.
“It’s counter-intuitive; people might think, ‘When I’m frustrated I start using the mouse faster,’” said Jeffrey Jenkins, the lead author of the study. “Well, no, you actually start moving slower.”
Jenkins tested the theory by making test subjects angry and tracking their mouse movements. He riled them up with a timed test that had purposefully slow loading times, and that penalised the subjects for a wrong answer. To top it off, the test told subjects that a bad score was equal to low intelligence.