My research is Glasgow was about social interactions - us looking at other people body movements, listening to their dialogues and trying to figure out whether they know each other or not, whether they’re happy or angry, friendly or hostile.
With Prof Frank Pollick
we used motion capture system to record body movement of people engaged in different social situations. I used these recordings to create point-light displays for various experiments.
In one project with Dr Karin Petrini
and Prof Pollick
we investigated how people deal with emotionally inconsistent voice and movement. If you have happy body expression but angry sound of voice, will you judge such expression as happy or angry?
In another study with William Steel and Prof Pollick
we've tried to understand if observers can spot whether other person is attacking with a knife or gun or a bat only from their body movement.
I wanted to go further and examine how people actually detect suspicious behaviour from others' body movements.