How do we understand people through their movements?

Thema: Gesellschaft
Schlagworte: Life Sciences, Philosophie und Soziales
Altersgruppe: 14+ Jahre
Zielgruppe: Barrierefrei, Experten, In English, Jugendliche, Lehrkräfte & Schüler:innen und Studierende

What kinds of judgements do we make from the movements of those around us? Can we tell whether they are going to pour from a bottle or take a drink? Can we tell how confident they are when placing a bet? Can we understand their moral preferences? You will learn how we can use something as simple as a computer trackpad to tackle questions related to the social aspects of human movement and the perception thereof.

Durchschnittliche Verweildauer: 5 Minuten

A device used for motion tracking

Our movements are a rich source of information about our mental states. For instance, we may discriminate between a sommelier’s intention to pour from or move away a bottle based on the rotation of their wrist, or we can gauge how confident a poker player is when placing a bet based on the smoothness of their movements. 
One question that we are currently investigating is whether we make judgements about a person’s morality and trustworthiness based on how they move when responding to a moral dilemma. Specifically, do we judge people purely based on their choices? Or is the way they move when making such choices also important? For example, maybe from their movements you could see how conflicted they were? Or maybe they were a little too enthusiastic to make their decision? How does this influence your perception of the morality of this person? How likely would you be to trust this person in the future?
At this station we will give you an idea about how we test such questions. We will demonstrate how something as simple as a computer mouse can be used to capture movement data. We will also demonstrate how this data is analyzed, and the kinds of conclusions it allows us to make.


Anfahrtsbeschreibung: Von der U1 Station Reumannplatz mit den Straßenbahnen 6 und 11 (Schrankenberggasse) direkt erreichbar. 5 Gehminuten von der D-Wagen Station Absberggasse.

Dieser Ausstellungsstandort ist barrierefrei zugänglich und verfügt über barrierefreie Toiletten.

Central European University
Department of Cognitive Science
Social Mind and Body Lab
Central European University (CEU)
Quellenstrasse, 51, 1100 Wien


Erster Einlass: 17:00
Letzter Einlass: 22:30


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