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Arvid Kappas

Arvid Kappas

Since over two decades I study human emotions, applying different methods and paradigms, such as assessing expressive behavior and physiological changes associated with emotion. My approach is particularly informed by the notion that humans are an intensely social species. Thus, social aspects permeate all aspects of mind and behavior. How is the relationship between affective states and facial activity moderated by different social contexts? How are such expressions perceived? What is the role of dynamic aspects of facial activity for the attribution of emotions, attitudes, intentions? While these questions are basic in nature, they have direct applications, for example for human-machine interaction, the design of virtual agents, or the automatic analysis of facial behavior.

Currently, I am particularly interested in Affective Computing and the role of emotions in cyberspace. This interest manifests itself particularly in the research of my group over the last four years in three projects funded in the context of the 7th framework program of the EU: CYBEREMOTIONS: Collective emotions in Cyberspace (http://www.cyberemotions.eu) 2009-2013. eCUTE: Education in cultural understanding technology-enhanced (http://www.ecute.eu) 2010-2013 - the goal of this project is to develop an innovative technological application to aid cultural understanding and empathy in children and young adults. How could empathy be measured to evaluate effects of such technological applications? EMOTE: EMbOdied-perceptive Tutors for Empathy-based learning (http://www.emote-project.eu/) 2012-2015 - the goal of this project is to design, develop, and evaluate a new generation of artificial embodied tutors that have perceptive capabilities to engage in empathic interactions with learners in a shared physical space.

I am president of the International Society for Research on Emotions (ISRE)

Primary Interests:

  • Communication, Language
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Internet and Virtual Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
  • Nonverbal Behavior

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  • Communication and Interaction
  • Emotion and Motivation
  • Social Neuroscience

Arvid Kappas
Jacobs University Bremen
Campus Ring 1
28759 Bremen
Germany

  • Phone: +49 (0)421 200 3441
  • Fax: +49 (0)421 200 3303

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