True Emotion vs. Social Intentions in Nonverbal Communication: Towards a Synthesis for Embodied Conversational Agents

@inproceedings{Gratch2006TrueEV,
  title={True Emotion vs. Social Intentions in Nonverbal Communication: Towards a Synthesis for Embodied Conversational Agents},
  author={Jonathan Gratch},
  booktitle={ZiF Workshop},
  year={2006}
}
Does a facial expression convey privileged information about a person’s mental state or is it a communicative act, divorced from “true” beliefs, desires and intentions? This question is often cast as a dichotomy between competing theoretical perspectives. Theorists like Ekman argue for the primacy of emotion as a determinant of nonverbal behavior: emotions “leak” and only indirectly serve social ends. In contrast, theorists such as Fridlund argue for the primacy of social ends in determining… CONTINUE READING

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