Incendiary Reflection: Evoking Emotion Through Deformed Facial Feedback

Emerging Technologies
Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 12:00am to Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 12:00am
Anaheim Convention Center

With conventional human-computer interactions, it is not possible to manipulate subjective elements of experienced emotion. The internal processing mechanisms for evoking an emotion by a relevant stimulus have not been fully clarified, so it is extremely difficult to evoke emotions through engineering techniques. However, in the field of cognitive science, some researchers argue that recognition of changes in bodily responses unconsciously evokes an emotion. William James best expressed this phenomenon: “We don’t laugh because we’re happy - we’re happy because we laugh.”

Incendiary Reflection aims to create computer-generated emotion by allowing users to recognize pseudo-generated facial expressions as changes to their own facial expressions. The approach manipulates emotional states through feedback of deformed facial expressions (artificial smiley faces and artificial sad faces) in real time. A user study showed that the system can change emotional states.

Shigeo Yoshida
The University of Tokyo

Sho Sakurai
The University of Tokyo

Takuji Narumi
The University of Tokyo

Tomohiro Tanikawa
The University of Tokyo

Michitaka Hirose
The University of Tokyo