Behavior Research Methods

, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 841–849

Coding gestural behavior with the NEUROGES-ELAN system

Measuring Behavior 2008

DOI: 10.3758/BRM.41.3.841

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Lausberg, H. & Sloetjes, H. Behavior Research Methods (2009) 41: 841. doi:10.3758/BRM.41.3.841


Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands We present a coding system combined with an annotation tool for the analysis of gestural behavior. The NEUROGES coding system consists of three modules that progress from gesture kinetics to gesture function. Grounded on empirical neuropsychological and psychological studies, the theoretical assumption behind NEUROGES is that its main kinetic and functional movement categories are differentially associated with specific cognitive, emotional, and interactive functions. ELAN is a free, multimodal annotation tool for digital audio and video media. It supports multileveled transcription and complies with such standards as XML and Unicode. ELAN allows gesture categories to be stored with associated vocabularies that are reusable by means of template files. The combination of the NEUROGES coding system and the annotation tool ELAN creates an effective tool for empirical research on gestural behavior.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. of Neurology, Psychosomatic Medicine, and PsychiatryGerman Sport University CologneCologneGermany
  2. 2.Max Planck Institute for PsycholinguisticsNijmegenThe Netherlands