Computational model and the human perception of emotional body language (EBL)

Marina Fridin, Avi Barliya, Edna Schechtman, Beatrice De Gelder, Tamar Flash

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Abstract

Emotions are undeniably a central component of human existence. In recent years, the importance of developing systems which incorporate emotions into human-computer interaction (HCI) has been widely acknowledged. However, research on emotion recognition has been dominated by studies of facial expression of emotion. In comparison, the study of EBL has received relatively little attention. Here we study the phenomena of EBL, specifically of static body postures expressing emotions, from two different perspectives. First, we have built a computational model for the recognition of four basic emotions which achieves a relatively high recognition rate (70 %). Secondly, to study perception of EBL, we examined what body parts attract the observer's attention during the perception of EBL. This is done by tracking eye movements of human subjects during the observation of static postures expressing emotions. Although invaluable information can be inferred from motion, this study will show that information about static body posture is rich enough for both automatic recognition and human perception. The present study contributes in an applicative way both to the development of automatic recognition systems of EBL and provides insight into the nature of human recognition of EBL.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdaptive and Emergent Behaviour and Complex Systems - Proceedings of the 23rd Convention of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour, AISB 2009
Pages16-19
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2009
Event23rd Convention of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour, AISB 2009 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Apr 20099 Apr 2009

Publication series

NameAdaptive and Emergent Behaviour and Complex Systems - Proceedings of the 23rd Convention of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour, AISB 2009

Conference

Conference23rd Convention of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour, AISB 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityEdinburgh
Period6/04/099/04/09

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