Nederlandse Organsatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO)
Subject of this research is the emotional viewer effect of expressive movements. In the experiments, the object that expresses the movements will be varied in abstraction ranging from realistic actors to abstract stimuli like lines or particles. The general research aim is to test how emotional and aesthetic viewer appraisals, induced by visually projected expressive movements, are influenced by the degree of abstraction of the object that performs the movements. The main hypothesis is that the viewer?s emotional response to the perception of typical expressive movements, e.g. swarming, will be invariant to the degree of abstraction of the object that moves. More specifically, I will try to demonstrate that movement Gestalts exists which are appraised in an emotion-specific manner, involving the viewer?s proprioception. The emotional viewer responses will be measured using questionnaires and physiological data. Results of the project will contribute to the area of emotion psychology and experimental aesthetics. Further on, the results will increase knowledge of visual- and media-literacy and can be applied in media productions, digital interfaces and industrial designs.