A1 Journal article (refereed)
See How It Feels to Move : Relationships Between Movement Characteristics and Perception of Emotions in Dance (2020)

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

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All authors or editors: Burger, Birgitta; Toiviainen, Petri

Journal or series: Human Technology

ISSN: 1795-6889

eISSN: 1795-6889

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 16

Issue number: 3

Pages range: 233-256

Publisher: Jyväskylän Yliopisto

Place of Publication: Jyväskylä

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17011/ht/urn.202011256764

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/72894


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.

Keywords: music; emotions; motion; perceptions (mental objects)

Free keywords: music-induced movement; computational movement feature extraction

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