Emotional challenge

Here are the 7 emotional and 2 presentation face poses we used for our human-like face avatar. See if you can guess which is which – solution in the comments.

  1. Happy / Happiness
  2. Sad / Sadness
  3. Angry /Anger
  4. Fear / Afraid
  5. Surprise / Surprised
  6. Disgust / Disgusted
  7. Neutral / Unemotional
  8. Bowing (expression to accompany body movement)
  9. Waving (expression to accompany body movement)
Micro-Expression Trainer By Mario Micklisch

Micro-Expression Trainer By Mario Micklisch

For comparison, there’s a a good micro-expression-trainer app for iOS using facial avatars (it’s a bit ambitious to call it a trainer, but it’s an awesome action-learning tutorial). Bonus challenge: which of Ekman’s expanded list of basic emotions appears in that iOS app (and most apps) but not in our avatar above? (Clue: it’s one of these… Amusement, Contempt, Contentment, Embarrassment, Excitement, Guilt, Pride in achievement, Relief, Satisfaction, Sensory pleasure, and Shame.)

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5 Responses to Emotional challenge

  1. rod says:

    Solution: 1E 2C 3I 4F 5B 6G 7D 8H 9A

    (Although non-verbal language interpretation is in the eye of the beholder – so you are right in any case, and this solution is right for someone else!)

    The Ekman emotion from his extended set that is often bundled with his first 6 (7 if you include “neutral”) is contempt.

    And for the less devious minded: the cheat was to “view image” or “save image as” and check out the file name of the image – e.g. happy.png kind of gives away the intended emotion! Not that I expect the more devious types would want to spoil their own fun, but it’s good to know where the spoilers are.

  2. Carey says:

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    • rod says:

      It’s nice to get a comment 🙂

      Using WordPress, the technical side is very easy. I suppose the same could be said for Blogger or other established alternatives – I just prefer the cleanness and options of WordPress. Once in a while you’ll google for something (e.g. how to embed a YouTube video) and find the answer very easily. When you want something fancy that doesn’t exist (such as a beautiful and free feed widget – summarising latest blogs – to embed in you website like twitter has), it takes some effort. But the actual blog work is a piece of cake.

      However, ever since Geocities (in the 90s), the web has been full of gravestones – easy to start and make websites that soon stop being maintained (at least we don’t see ‘under construction’ in flashing text these days). This is because having the idea and starting the site is very easy, but keeping going depends on making time, having the right ambition level and expectations, and enjoying it over a long time. That would be easy if life were not full of other wonderful things to do.

      My advice is: check out some good sites that have stalled to know what you don’t want to do, and have a smart ambition level (mine is one blog a month is great, two a day is too much). It helps to keep notes on ‘what you have coming up’. I wish I could say I use Evernote or something else brilliant but actually I just keep tabs open in chrome (sometimes for months), and WordPress allows you to save drafts of posts which is a great way of storing your ideas that need more research, and distributing posts in time (since you’ll find some days and weeks are very blog productive and some months are too busy with other things).

      Enjoy! Cheers, Rod.

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    • rod says:

      Thanks for the enthusiastic comment. I’ve been “off” wordpress for a while, while we got (and then didn’t get) our university site sorted, and while we pivoted our main R&D project a couple of times. So it’s about time I added some of my backlog of worthy items. Will do in the imminent future…

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