Warsaw set of emotional facial expression pictures: a validation study of facial display photographs

Michał Olszanowski , Grzegorz Pochwatko , Krzysztof Kukliński , Michał Ścibor-Rylski , Peter Lewinski , Rafał Ohme


Emotional facial expressions play a critical role in theories of emotion and figure prominently in research on almost every aspect of emotion. This article provides a background for a new database of basic emotional expressions. The goal in creating this set was to provide high quality photographs of genuine facial expressions. Thus, after proper training, participants were inclined to express “felt” emotions. The novel approach taken in this study was also used to establish whether a given expression was perceived as intended by untrained judges. The judgment task for perceivers was designed to be sensitive to subtle changes in meaning caused by the way an emotional display was evoked and expressed. Consequently, this allowed us to measure the purity and intensity of emotional displays, which are parameters that validation methods used by other researchers do not capture. The final set is comprised of those pictures that received the highest recognition marks (e.g., accuracy with intended display) from independent judges, totaling 210 high quality photographs of 30 individuals. Descriptions of the accuracy, intensity, and purity of displayed emotion as well as FACS AU’s codes are provided for each picture. Given the unique methodology applied to gathering and validating this set of pictures, it may be a useful tool for research using face stimuli. The Warsaw Set of Emotional Facial Expression Pictures (WSEFEP) is freely accessible to the scientific community for non-commercial use by request at http://www.emotional-face.org.
Author Michał Olszanowski (Wydział Psychologii)
Michał Olszanowski,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Grzegorz Pochwatko
Grzegorz Pochwatko,,
, Krzysztof Kukliński
Krzysztof Kukliński,,
, Michał Ścibor-Rylski
Michał Ścibor-Rylski,,
, Peter Lewinski
Peter Lewinski,,
, Rafał Ohme (Wydział Zamiejscowy we Wrocławiu)
Rafał Ohme,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy we Wrocławiu
Journal seriesFrontiers in Psychology, ISSN 1664-1078, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2015
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishfacial expressions of emotion, facial expression recognition, basic emotions, emotion, validation, pictures, face perception, emotion recognition
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology
URL http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01516/abstract
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)35
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2015 = 0.942; WoS Impact Factor: 2015 = 2.463 (2) - 2015=2.885 (5)
Citation count*146 (2021-03-08)
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