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We analyzed mood changes before, during and after online information search and examined effects of search tasksí specifics on the mood. Searchersí mood was measured using the Positive Affect and Negative Affect Scale (PANAS). Search tasks were characterized by the topic of the search, sequence of task, task difficulty level, and searcherís interest in a task. Our analysis indicates that participantsí mood remained stable during the course of the search and was not affected by the search task topic, sequence in a search process, difficulty level and searchersí interest level. Our findings suggest that searching is a complex experience and factors outside of the search task domain may contribute to searcherís mood.
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