Perception of emotional body expressions in narrative scenarios

Ekaterina P. Volkova, Betty J. Mohler, Trevor Dodds, Joachim Tesch, Heinrich H. Bülthoff

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People use body motion to express and recognise emotions. We investigated whether emotional body expressions can be recognised when they are recorded during natural narration, where actors freely express the emotional colouring of a story told. We then took only the upper body motion trajectories and presented them to participants in the form of animated stick figures. The observers were asked to categorise the emotions expressed in short motion sequences. The results show that recognition level of eleven emotions shown via upper body is significantly above chance level and the responses to motion sequences are consistent across observers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - SAP 2013
Subtitle of host publicationACM Symposium on Applied Perception
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event2013 ACM Symposium on Applied Perception, SAP 2013 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 2013 Aug 222013 Aug 23

Publication series

NameProceedings - SAP 2013: ACM Symposium on Applied Perception


Other2013 ACM Symposium on Applied Perception, SAP 2013


  • emotion perception
  • motion capture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software


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