Research examining facial expression of emotion, a project of NIMBioS’ Summer Research Experiences program, was featured in the news this week, and the three undergrads working on the project had the full media experience.
Marina Massaro (Mathematics, SUNY Geneseo); Kelly Moran (Mathematics, Clemson Univ.); and Ben Roberson (Computer Science, UT-Knoxville) were each interviewed on camera, as were their project mentors, psychology professor Jeff Larsen and math professor Chuck Collins.
All three local television news stations as well as the Knoxville News Sentinel attended the event held at Larsen’s pscyhology lab where reporters were able to view how computer software interprets someone’s facial expression while watching different films.
The goal of the project is to better understand how positive and negative emotions, and particularly mixed emotions, are expressed on the face. Understanding how emotions work helps us better understand the nature of human experience. In addition, answering questions about how people without psychiatric illness experience emotion can help us better understand emotional dysfunction associated with psychiatric illnesses including depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
You can read more about the SRE project here.
The project was covered widely in local media. The print and broadcast stories included the following: