ICT at the 7th Symposium on Applied Perception in Graphics and Visualization

July 23, 2010 | Los Angeles, CA

Speaker: Peter Khooshabeh, Jon Gratch, Lixing Huang, Jianhia Tao
Host: APGV 2010

Previous research, which has used images of real human faces and mostly from the same facial expression database [Matsumoto and Ekman 1988], has shown that individuals perceive emotions universally across cultures. We conducted an experiment to determine whether culture affects the perception of emotions rendered on virtual faces. Specifically, we test the holistic perception hypothesis that individuals from collectivist cultures, such as East Asians, visually sample information from central regions of the face (near the top of the nose by the eyes), as opposed to sampling from specific features of the face. If the holistic perception hypothesis is true, then individuals will confuse emotional facial expressions that are different in terms of the shape of the mouth facial feature. Our stimuli were computer generated using a face graphical rendering tool, which affords a high level of experimental control for perception researchers.