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Perception of strength and power of realistic male characters

  • We investigated the influence of body shape and pose on the perception of physical strength and social power for male virtual characters. In the first experiment, participants judged the physical strength of varying body shapes, derived from a statistical 3D body model. Based on these ratings, we determined three body shapes (weak, average, and strong) and animated them with a set of power poses for the second experiment. Participants rated how strong or powerful they perceived virtual characters of varying body shapes that were displayed in different poses. Our results show that perception of physical strength was mainly driven by the shape of the body. However, the social attribute of power was influenced by an interaction between pose and shape. Specifically, the effect of pose on power ratings was greater for weak body shapes. These results demonstrate that a character with a weak shape can be perceived as more powerful when in a high-power pose.

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Author of HS ReutlingenKloos, Uwe
Erschienen in:Proceedings of the ACM SIGGRAPH Symposium on Applied Perception SAP 15, September 13 - 14, Tübingen, Germany
Publisher:Association for Computing Machinery
Place of publication:New York, NY
Document Type:Conference proceeding
Publication year:2015
Tag:3D shape; human body character; human perception; power poses; strength and power
Page Number:8
First Page:7
Last Page:14
DDC classes:004 Informatik
Open access?:Nein
Licence (German):License Logo  In Copyright - Urheberrechtlich geschützt