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Although it would seem that we can identify affect from observing the motions of others, very little is known about the range and limits of this ability. Expanding on the work of Amaya, Bruderlin and Calvert investigating emotional transforms from neutral movements we investigated performance in human recognition of affect from actors performing knocking and drinking movements. We found that perceived affect structurally conforms to the circumplex model of affect (Russell, 1980) and that the corresponding energetics of the perceived affect relates directly to the velocity of the movement while the pleasantness of the movement is apparently carried in the phase relations among the different limb segments.
Knocking movements with affect