Body movement as a reflection of emotional states?

Thursday 23 May 2024, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Exploring performance and natural interactions with motion capture.

When we move in our world and encounter emotional stimuli, both internal or external, our body smoothly adapts to those situations, for a concerted physiological, behavioural and emotional response. Therefore, we think that body movements not only impact the way we feel but also reflect our feelings, that body movements evoke physiological reactions and can be a result of those. Understanding the way in which perceptions of emotional states and body movements interact can contribute to answering open questions in the field of emotion, such as the specificity of correlates of various emotional states. It can also help to identify potential targets for interventions for individuals struggling with social interactions. This talk will describe the current struggles of emotion research and provide some insights into how moment-by-moment recorded emotional states, physiological activity and body movements interact within individuals, in a social context between two individuals, and in conjunctions with personality characteristics. We will discuss, how the relationship between internal body activity and externally visible behaviour can be explained by current emotion theories and what potential applications of this research are for development of interactive digital agents and of intervention strategies.

About the speaker
Dr. Hedwig Eisenbarth received her PhD in Psychology as well as her clinical training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at the University of Würzburg (Germany). After a post-doc at the Department of Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Regensburg and a postdoc in the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder she started her Affective and Criminal Neuroscience Lab (afcrinLab) at the University of Southampton. In 2018 she joined Victoria University of Wellington where she is now an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology. Her lab investigates how humans process emotional information and how this processing influences interpersonal behaviour, using psychophysiological methods and behavioural tasks in order to


Thursday 23 May 2024, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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