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Enrico Chiovetto, Cristóbal Curio, Dominik Endres, Martin Giese; Perceptual integration of kinematic components for the recognition of emotional facial expressions. Journal of Vision 2014;14(10):205. doi: https://doi.org/10.1167/14.10.205.
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There is evidence in both motor control (Flash and Hochner 2005; Chiovetto and Giese, 2013) as well as in the study of the perception of facial expressions (Ekman & Friesen, 1978) showing that complex movements can be decomposed into simpler basic components (usually referred to as 'movement primitives' or 'action units'). However, such components have rarely been investigated in the context of dynamic facial movements (as opposed to static pictures of faces). METHODS. By application of dimensionality reduction methods (NMF and anechoic demixing) we identified spatio-temporal components that capture the major part of the variance of dynamic facial expressions, where the motion was parameterized exploiting a 3D facial animation system (Curio et al, 2006). We generated stimuli with varying information content of the identified components and investigated how many components are minimally required to attain natural appearance (Turing test). In addition, we investigated how perception integrates these components, using expression classification and expressiveness rating tasks. The best trade-off between model complexity and approximation quality of the model was determined by Bayesian inference, and compared to the human data. In addition, we developed a Bayesian cue fusion model that correctly accounts for the data. RESULTS. For anechoic mixing models only two components were sufficient to reconstruct three facial expressions with high accuracy, which is perceptually indistinguishable from original expressions. A simple Bayesian cue fusion model provides a good fit of the data on the integration of information conveyed by the different movement components. References: Chiovetto E, Giese MA. PLoS One 2013 19;8(11):e79555. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079555. Curio C, Breidt M, Kleiner M, Vuong QC, Giese MA and Bülthoff HH. Applied Perception in Graphics and Visualization 2006: 77-84. Ekman P and Friesen W. Consulting Psychologists Press, Palo Alto, 1978. Flash T, Hochner B. Curr Opin Neurobiol 2005; 15(6):660-6.
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