Framework of Emotional Dimensions

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Abstract

Emotional dimensions have been dealt with in various disciplines for their transdisciplinary implication, and, therefore, complexity. These circumstances have led to a situation in which there is confusion and a lack of consensus about these emotional dimensions and their respective definitions. The aim of this article is therefore to analyze and classify emotional dimensions by collecting information from different disciplines through a systematic literature review methodology. The result is the creation of a common language and framework of definitions and theories, allowing the evaluation of strengths and opportunities for application and innovation, especially in the field of engineering and design. Five emotional dimensions have been identified and defined—sensation, perception, emotion, feeling, and affect—and have been correlated with specific measurement tools from various disciplines. This article ends by proposing an emotional path and a procedure for action based on the needs and objectives of the study.