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 Digital portraits probe the contagion of emotion

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Date posted: 18/04/2009

The Chameleon Project, a collaboration between artist Tina Gonsalves - currently in residence at the MIT Media Lab - and neuroscientists involves using face recognition software that analyses a person's expression as they walk into a room and shows them a video portrait of another person displaying a related emotion.

The project employs an algorithm developed by neuroscientist Chris Frith from University College London that tries to read and respond to the emotions of a person in the same way another person would.

That algorithm builds on research that suggests that when we interact with someone, we try to reach a neutral emotional state where communication can occur more easily. People tend to mirror the expression of someone who is happy or scared, but try to calm down someone who is angry.

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