Methodology for Assessing Bodily Expression of Emotion

M. Melissa Gross, Elizabeth A. Crane, Barbara L. Fredrickson

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to develop methods for assessing bodily expression and to provide a preliminary description of movement characteristics associated with positive and negative emotions during a single movement task-knocking. We used an autobiographical memories paradigm for elicitation, observer rating of emotion intensities for recognition, and Effort-Shape and kinematic analyses for movement description. Actors felt the target emotions in nearly all the trials but observers recognized them in relatively few movement trials, especially for the positive emotions. Differences in movement characteristics were identified for the target emotions with both the qualitative and quantitative movement analyses. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-248
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Nonverbal Behavior
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

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Biomechanical Phenomena
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Keywords

  • Bodily expression
  • Effort-Shape
  • Emotion recognition
  • Kinematics
  • Laban

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  • Social Psychology

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Methodology for Assessing Bodily Expression of Emotion. / Gross, M. Melissa; Crane, Elizabeth A.; Fredrickson, Barbara L.

In: Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, Vol. 34, No. 4, 2010, p. 223-248.

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Gross, M. Melissa; Crane, Elizabeth A.; Fredrickson, Barbara L. / Methodology for Assessing Bodily Expression of Emotion.

In: Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, Vol. 34, No. 4, 2010, p. 223-248.

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