Saturday 12 November 2011

Darwins Emotions

You can now help a team at Cambridge University who are studying the images used by Charles Darwin in his book on facial expressions of motion. The Experiment is HERE. The blurb reads;

Between March and November 1868, while Darwin was researching his book The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, he showed a succession of visitors a set of photographs of human faces, some with the muscles artificially contracted by electric probes, and asked them what emotion they thought the photographs conveyed. Darwin’s research has striking parallels with contemporary facial recognition experiments. 

We have recreated Darwin’s expression experiment online, using 21st century techniques to study many of the same problems that Darwin was interested in, using the same photographs Darwin used more than 100 years ago. There are eleven photographs and the experiment can be completed in under one minute. We will collect the (completely anonymous) responses and report on the findings here in due course.

There is also a recently published book by Phillip Prodger on how Darwin came to write his book and its impact HERE