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Mickey’s emotions: report from a study of perception of cartoons

PerMagnus Lindborg, Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media, Singapore


At this Seminar, I would like to present work related to my research towards a PhD, tentatively called “The musical power of rhetoric”. First, I give a general background to the topic and briefly describe some of my relevant past works, and current projects. The second half will introduce an ongoing study of how people perceive emotion in cartoons. The abstract for that part goes as follows: We report work on the “Cartoon Sound and Video Experiment” (hereafter CEx). Our hypothesis is that people perceive emotion in isolated sound and video tracks differently from what they perceive when both media are present, and that this discrepancy is emphasised by their disposition. In CEx, the subjects are evaluated on a scale from visually oriented to aurally oriented, mainly based on self-reported data. As stimuli, we developed a set of film clips from early Mickey Mouse cartoons. The clips portray five basic emotions (anger, sadness, fear, joy, love/tenderness) and each clip is presented in three modes (sound only, video only, and both). The experimental design is thus primarily intended for a 2 x 3 x 5 factorial analysis of variance. Before running CEx, we designed two ‘pre-tests’ and asked a group of ‘judges’ to assist in the selection of stimuli. The first pre-test (with 6 judges) singled out 5 films, respectively ranked highest in each of the emotion categories, from the complete set of 34 films released by Disney between 1928 and -35. In the second pre-test (with 4 judges), a timeline of emotion intensity was evaluated for these films. From each timeline, 6 cartoon sequences of 10 seconds duration were identified, portraying a given emotion in a reasonably unambiguous way, to produce a set of 30 film clips for CEx. To date, we have run one trial with a group of 33 subjects (mean age = 22.5 years, SD = 3.4) whom we expect to self-report a more visually oriented disposition. A second trial will be run with a group where the subjects are expected to be more aurally oriented. Our report details the MaxMSPJitter designs of the pre-tests and CEx, and gives a brief discussion of initial findings.

16:00 - 17:00
Tuesday November 24, 2009

The seminar is held in Fantum.

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