Human emotion recognition in laboratory beagles

Randi, Dania (2015) Human emotion recognition in laboratory beagles. Diploma thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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This thesis has explored the ability of laboratory dogs (breed beagle), which have been raised in conditions of limited interaction with humans, to respond to emotions expressed in human faces. The main addressed question was of possible influences of emotion and familiarity of human faces on both the visual attention and the heart rate of laboratory beagles. After conducting the eye-tracking experiment with simultaneous heart rate measurements, main gained conclusions are that the familiarity of person presented on picture plays an important role, and that the area of eyes and mouth of the human face are the strongest attention attractors. Regardless of the difference in social environment between laboratory beagles and average pet dogs, the beagles were able to direct the attention to the important parts of human face, which suggests that the ability of perception and recognition of human emotions expressed in faces is in the species, and is gradually enhanced through the process of socialization.

Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
Keywords: eye-tracking, face recognition, face expression recognition, emotion recognition
Supervisor: Huber, Ludwig
Co-supervisor: Tadić, Zoran
Date: 2015
Number of Pages: 52
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2016 11:46
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2016 11:46

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