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Creating emotional communication with interactive artwork

Iacobini, M.; Gonsalves, T.; Berthouze, N.B.; Frith, C.; (2009) Creating emotional communication with interactive artwork. In: Cohn, J. and Nijholt, A. and Pantic, M., (eds.) 3rd International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction and Workshops - ACII 2009, September 10-12, 2009 Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Vol. 1. IEEE Computer Society Press: Piscataway, US. Green open access

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This pilot study contributes to the building of an art installation that aims to build an emotional communication loop with the audience. It will do so by reacting to or mimicking the audience's changes in emotional expressions according to emotional contagion dynamics. The study aims to inform the project by gaining a better understanding of emotional contagion patterns and the factors that may affect how people emotionally engage in this art context. The analysis of our early experiments shows reflex mechanisms of facial expression mimicry and counter-mimicry that follow patterns similar to those reported in the psychology literature. In fact, automatic mimicry and counter-mimicry correlated to some extent to whether or not the audience felt to be interacting with a real person. Furthermore, the results indicate that individual differences play a role in the way people can emotionally engage with this type of artwork. However, irrespective of these differences, the interaction led the audience to introspect and reflect about emotions.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Creating emotional communication with interactive artwork
ISBN-13: 9781424448005
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1109/ACII.2009.5349546
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ACII.2009.5349546
Language: English
Additional information: © 2009 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology > Imaging Neuroscience
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/19939
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