Laughter induction techniques suitable for generating motion capture data of laughter associated body movements

G McKeown, W Curran, C McLoughlin, Harry Griffin, N Bianchi-Berthouze
in 2013 10th IEEE International Conference and Workshops on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition, FG 2013, Conference proceeding


Laughter is a frequently occurring social signal and an important part of human non-verbal communication. However it is often overlooked as a serious topic of scientific study. While the lack of research in this area is mostly due to laughter's non-serious nature, it is also a particularly difficult social signal to produce on demand in a convincing manner; thus making it a difficult topic for study in laboratory settings. In this paper we provide some techniques and guidance for inducing both hilarious laughter and conversational laughter. These techniques were devised with the goal of capturing motion information related to laughter while the person laughing was either standing or seated. Comments on the value of each of the techniques and general guidance as to the importance of atmosphere, environment and social setting are provided. © 2013 IEEE.