Gender differences in the perception of affective movements

Ali Akbar Samadani, Rob Gorbet, Dana Kulić

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Identifying human capabilities in perceiving affective expressions is essential for developing interactive machines that can engage with their human users. In order to ensure that the behaviour of the interactive machine is perceived as intended, any gender-specific differences in the perception of affective expressions are an important design consideration. This paper presents a preliminary study investigating the role of gender in the perception of affective hand movements displayed on both anthropomorphic and non-anthropomorphic structures. The results show that gender significantly influences the participants' perception and that the impact of the display structure and intended-emotion on the perception of the affective movements differs between male and female observers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Behavior Understanding - Third International Workshop, HBU 2012, Proceedings
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 24 Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd International Workshop on Human Behavior Understanding, HBU 2012 - Vilamoura, Portugal
Duration: 7 Oct 20127 Oct 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume7559 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference3rd International Workshop on Human Behavior Understanding, HBU 2012


  • Affective movements
  • Display structure
  • Gender differences
  • Perception
  • User study

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