Perceiving Bodily Expressions: Differential Effects of Human & Non-human Forms

Devin PierceTexas A&M University - Commerce
Mani KadiyalaTexas A&M University - Commerce
Christian IvesTexas A&M University - Commerce

Abstract

Theories in embodied cognitive science emphasize the importance of self-other mapping during emotion perception. This implies the body form through which an emotion is expressed may impact how the emotion is perceived. Research in human computer interaction has demonstrated that people can reliably label emotions of virtual characters; however, it has hardly examined how people perceive the emotions of virtual characters at a visceral level. Here, we asked participants to identify under time pressure for action, whether an observed bodily movement is angry or happy. Our research provides evidence that emotions conveyed by non- human virtual characters and humans are indeed perceived differentially, at the visceral level. This work carries implications for theories of embodied cognition and the design of virtual environments.

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