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Detecting posture mirroring in social interactions with Wearable Sensors


Feese, Sebastian; Arnrich, Bert; Tröster, Gerhard; Meyer, Bertolt; Jonas, Klaus (2011). Detecting posture mirroring in social interactions with Wearable Sensors. In: SWC 2011, the fifteenth annual International Symposium on Wearable Computers, San Francisco, 12 June 2011 - 15 June 2011, 1-2.

Abstract

We envision wearable social-behavioral assistants which measure the nonverbal behavior of their users during social interaction. Research in psychology has linked posture mirroring, a key element of nonverbal behavior, to rapport and empathy and has been found to support communication. In this paper, we present a method to measure posture mirroring in social interaction with body-worn motion sensors. Our method is based on the detection of basic posture classes and the comparison of displayed postures across group members. We apply our method in a group discussion scenario involving 42 groups consisting of three subjects each in which group leaders express different leaderships styles. Our results show that we can measure differences in posture mirroring across groups of different leadership styles.

Abstract

We envision wearable social-behavioral assistants which measure the nonverbal behavior of their users during social interaction. Research in psychology has linked posture mirroring, a key element of nonverbal behavior, to rapport and empathy and has been found to support communication. In this paper, we present a method to measure posture mirroring in social interaction with body-worn motion sensors. Our method is based on the detection of basic posture classes and the comparison of displayed postures across group members. We apply our method in a group discussion scenario involving 42 groups consisting of three subjects each in which group leaders express different leaderships styles. Our results show that we can measure differences in posture mirroring across groups of different leadership styles.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Other), not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Event End Date:15 June 2011
Deposited On:23 Oct 2012 14:47
Last Modified:14 Aug 2017 01:01
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Related URLs:http://dms.ife.ee.ethz.ch/index.php/publications/show/2154

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