Bodily expressed emotion understanding through integrating Laban movement analysis

Chenyan Wu, Dolzodmaa Davaasuren, Tal Shafir, Rachelle Tsachor, James Z. Wang

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

1 Scopus citations


Bodily expressed emotion understanding (BEEU) aims to automatically recognize human emotional expressions from body movements. Psychological research has demonstrated that people often move using specific motor elements to convey emotions. This work takes three steps to integrate human motor elements to study BEEU. First, we introduce BoME (body motor elements), a highly precise dataset for human motor elements. Second, we apply baseline models to estimate these elements on BoME, showing that deep learning methods are capable of learning effective representations of human movement. Finally, we propose a dual-source solution to enhance the BEEU model with the BoME dataset, which trains with both motor element and emotion labels and simultaneously produces predictions for both. Through experiments on the BoLD in-the-wild emotion understanding benchmark, we showcase the significant benefit of our approach. These results may inspire further research utilizing human motor elements for emotion understanding and mental health analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100816
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 13 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Decision Sciences

Cite this