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Robust anger: Recognition of deteriorated dynamic bodily emotion expressions

Published inCognition and Emotion, vol. 28, no. 5, p. 936-946
Publication date2014

In two studies, the robustness of anger recognition of bodily expressions is tested. In the first study, video recordings of an actor expressing four distinct emotions (anger, despair, fear, and joy) were structurally manipulated as to image impairment and body segmentation. The results show that anger recognition is more robust than other emotions to image impairment and to body segmentation. Moreover, the study showed that arms expressing anger were more robustly recognised than arms expressing other emotions. Study 2 added face blurring as a variable to the bodily expressions and showed that it decreased accurate emotion recognition—but more for recognition of joy and despair than for anger and fear. In sum, the paper indicates the robustness of anger recognition in multileveled deteriorated bodily expressions.

  • Anger
  • Emotion recognition accuracy
  • Bodily expression
  • Image impairment
  • Body segmentation
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VISCH, Valentijn T., GOUDBEEK, Martijn B., MORTILLARO, Marcello. Robust anger: Recognition of deteriorated dynamic bodily emotion expressions. In: Cognition and Emotion, 2014, vol. 28, n° 5, p. 936–946. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2013.865595
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