Subject Interfaces: Measuring Bodily Activation During an Emotional Experience of Music

  • Antonio Camurri
  • Ginevra Castellano
  • Matteo Ricchetti
  • Gualtiero Volpe
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3881)


This paper focuses on the relationship between emotions induced by musical stimuli and movement. A pilot experiment has been realized with the aim to verify whether there are correlations between the emotional characterization of music excerpts and human movement. Subjects were asked to move a laser pointer on a white wall in front of them while listening to musical excerpts classified with respect to the type of emotions they can induce.

Trajectories obtained moving the laser pointer have been recorded with a video camera and have been analyzed in a static and global way by using the EyesWeb platform. Results highlight a difference between trajectories associated to music stimuli classified as “fast” and “slow”, in term of smoothness/angularity, suggesting the existence of a strong link between the emotional characterization of the musical excerpts listened to and the movement performed.

Subfield: expressive gesture and music.


subject interfaces emotion expressive gesture motor activation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Camurri
    • 1
  • Ginevra Castellano
    • 1
  • Matteo Ricchetti
    • 1
  • Gualtiero Volpe
    • 1
  1. 1.Infomus Lab, DISTUniversity of GenovaGenovaItaly

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