Relations between Facial Display, Eye Gaze and Head Tilt: Dominance Perception Variations of Virtual Agents

Nikolaus Bee, Stefan Franke and Elisabeth André

erschienen 2009 "Proceedings of Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII)", Pages 1 - 7
ISBN: 978-1-4244-4800-5


In this paper, we focus on facial displays, eye gaze and head tilts to express social dominance. In particular, we are interested in the interaction of different non-verbal cues. We present a study which systematically varies eye gaze and head tilts for five basic emotions and a neutral state using our own graphics and animation engine. The resulting images are then presented to a large number of subjects via a web-based interface who were ask to attribute dominance values to the character shown in the images. First, we analyzed how dominance ratings are influenced by the conveyed emotional facial expression. Further, we take a deeper look in how averted and directed and upward and downward oriented gaze influences the dominance perception.