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Published: 2020-11-01

See how it feels to move: Relationships between movement characteristics and perception of emotions in dance

Institute for Systematic Musicology University of Hamburg Germany and Finnish Centre for Interdisciplinary Music Research Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies University of Jyväskylä Finland
Finnish Centre for Interdisciplinary Music Research Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies University of Jyväskylä Finland
music-induced movement emotion perception computational movement feature extraction

Abstract

Music makes humans move in ways found to relate to, for instance, musical characteristics, personality, or emotional content of the music. In this study, we investigated associations between embodiments of musical emotions and the perception thereof. After collecting motion capture data of dancers moving to emotionally distinct musical stimuli, silent stick-figure animations were rated by a set of observers regarding perceived discrete emotions, while 10 movement features were computationally extracted from the motion capture data. Results indicate kinematic profiles—emotion-specific sets of movement characteristics—that furthermore conform with dimensional models of valence and arousal, suggesting that observers rated the emotions consistently according to distinct movement features prevalent in the animations. Outcomes show commonalities and differences to a previous study that linked these movement features to auditory perception of musical emotion, providing insights into how emotional expression of music-induced movement could be conveyed and understood through auditory and visual channels, respectively.

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Burger, B., & Toiviainen, P. (2020). See how it feels to move: Relationships between movement characteristics and perception of emotions in dance. Human Technology, 16(3), 233–256. https://doi.org/10.17011/ht/urn.202011256764