Body movement stimuli
Atkinson, A.P., Dittrich, W.H., Gemmell, A.J., & Young, A.W. (2004). Emotion perception from dynamic and static body expressions in point-light and full-light displays. Perception, 33, 717-746. [Click here for pdf.]
Click here for an example point-light body expression of emotion used in this study (a QuickTime movie file).
For a subsequent study that employed slightly modified versions of these stimuli, see:
Atkinson, A.P., Tunstall, M.L., & Dittrich, W.H. (2007). Evidence for distinct contributions of form and motion information to the recognition of emotions from body gestures. Cognition, 104, 59-72. [Click here to read the abstract.]
This latter study examined the effects on emotion recognition of inverting the whole-body emotional gestures and/ or reversing the direction of their motion. Click on the following links for example stimuli used in this study (QuickTime movie files):
More recently (2008-09), we have developed 'proper' point-light versions of these stimuli, which we are currently using in several studies. To create these latest stimuli, we tracked from frame to frame the x-y coordinates of the centre of the patches in the patch-light displays, and then created images consisting of small dots at each recorded x-y coordinate. Thanks to Dr. Hannah Smithson and Craig Douglas. Click here to see an example movie clip.