Emotion in motion

Smith, Rebecca Anne (2022) Emotion in motion. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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The central question of this thesis concerns how humans can communicate emotional expressivity through whole-body movement. Previous social communication research has focused mainly on the communicative potential of facial expressions, but until we understand the role of movement on a larger, whole-body scale, our appreciation of social signalling will remain incomplete.

To address this gap, in this thesis I present four experiments designed to examine different elements of the communicative potential of whole-body human movement, using dance as a model paradigm. These experiments explore various aspects of social decision-making when observing human movement through the use of several complementary methodologies including; motion capture, forced-choice emotion recognition tasks, slider scale aesthetic evaluation tasks, and semi-structured interviews.

Overall, Emotion in Motion argues for the integrated role of affective and aesthetic processing as a key aspect of evaluating the emotional content of whole-body human movement. In addition, it establishes a role of general and specific kinaesthetic empathy processes, and of previous physical and observational movement experience, in social decision-making for whole-body movement stimuli.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Colleges/Schools: College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Psychology & Neuroscience
Supervisor's Name: Cross, Professor Emily
Date of Award: 2022
Depositing User: Theses Team
Unique ID: glathesis:2022-83443
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2023 09:47
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2023 09:48
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.83443
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/83443
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