Universal emotions

Universal emotions

Tuesday, 13 January, 2015

Broadening horizons. That is what the students (age 14-17) of School at Sea literally do. Starting in The Netherlands, they sail to the Caribbean and back in six months. During this voyage, they learn to develop their talents and leadership skills. How do they experience this journey? One of the students (Hannah @ Sea) has chosen to share her 'emotional journey'.

School at sea

School at Sea challenges young people to work together and to inspire others. Let's see what kind of emotions Hannah @ Sea shows us today.

Amsterdam and IJmuiden, The Netherlands

18-24 October 2014. Boarding the Regina Maris, a seaworthy ship built in 1970. It measures 48 meters and has a total sail area of 650 m2. Hannah writes: "Together with my parents I walked to the ship to pack all the travel necessaries. Just behind me, you can see the Regina Maris".

Facial expression analysis

FaceReader software shows us that Hannah started her School at Sea adventure quite happy.

Brest, France

2 November 2014. After a short trip, the School at Sea reached Brest. Hannah explains: "Our first excursion took us to the museum Océanopolis in Brest. We very much looked forward to this trip". In the picture below, you can see the circumplex model of affect that describes the distribution of emotions in a 2D circular space, containing arousal and valence dimensions. The horizontal axis represents the valence dimension (pleasant - unpleasant) and the vertical axis represents the arousal dimension (active - inactive). Facial expressions can be represented at any level of valence and arousal. Circumplex models are commonly used to assess liking in marketing, consumer science, and psychology (Russell, J. A. (1980). A circumplex model of affect. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 39 ( 6 ), 1161.).

Happy facial expression in a circumplex model

The Atlantic Ocean

24 November 2014. If you thought that this trip is all about school.....you're wrong.

Atlantic ocean

At Sea, Brest - Tenerife

24-11-2014. Steering a 48 meters long ship requires concentration. Hannah feels that: "It was quite difficult to keep the ship on course. We had to practise a lot! FaceReader here classifies the facial expressions as neutral. 

FaceReader analysis

Stay tuned

Follow Hannah's journey! Check this blog or her own blog (in Dutch).

A picture of good quality

Free online demo FaceReader

Curious what emotions your own face shows? In this demo the facial expression of a person is automatically extracted from a single picture. Additionally, FaceReader is capable of extracting some personal characteristics, an age indication and whether a person is wearing glasses or not.

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Regina Maris Image by Frédéric MICHEL (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons