University of Padova

Does new videosurveillance forms cause anxiety? An empirical study

Recently the deployment of cameras and similar devices for surveillance purposes has grown steadily. Furthermore, lately less visible recording devices have also been employed increasingly for surveillance purposes, such as body-worn cameras and drones.
As a consequence, our living environments are changing in such a subtle way that we may not even realize it.
Therefore, we wondered whether this change would affect our state and, more generally, our behavior.
To answer this question, we investigated whether different conditions of surveillance affected participants’ affective state. To this end, we conducted a controlled experiment in a laboratory setting in which we implemented five different surveillance groups in which we assessed participants’ anxiety levels and their performance in a cognitive task. Three different surveillance devices were employed, that is a traditional camera, a drone, and a pair of camera-glasses. The latter required a human observer wearing them. Two control groups including no technology were included: one with a human observer and one no observer at all.

Project state: Completed
Project Start Date: 2017
Supervisor: Prof. Luciano Gamberini
Co-supervisor: Patrik Pluchino, PhD
Candidate: Roberto Barattini

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