What's new in FaceReader 6?

FaceReader 6 is the premier professional software for automatic analysis of 6 basic facial expressions (happy, sad, scared, disgusted, surprised, and angry), as well as classifying neutral and now contempt. FaceReader 6 also provides gaze direction, head orientation, and person characteristics, such as gender and age. Detailed analysis of facial action units is also available. The software immediately analyzes your data (live, video, or still images) saving valuable time. It’s available as software, but also as an online application. Read on to learn more about the new features version 6 offers you.

Presenting FaceReader 6!

Improved East-Asian model

FaceReader works in three steps:

  • Face finding – an accurate position of the face is found.
  • Face modeling – the Active Appearance Model is used to synchronize an artificial face model, which describes the location of over 500 key points as well as the texture of the face.
  • Face classification – output is pr esented as six basic expressions, contempt, and one neutral state.

There are multiple face models available in FaceReader. In addition to the general model which works well under most circumstances for most people, there are models for East Asian people, elderly, and children. In order to improve the East-Asian model, classifiers for expression analyses of East-Asian people were newly trained with over 4.000 images!

Classifiers for expression analyses of East-Asian people were newly trained with over 4.000 images!

NEW: Contempt

FaceReader classifies:

  • happy
  • sad
  • scared
  • disgusted
  • surprised
  • angry
  • neutral
  • NEW: contempt

Besides these six basic facial expressions and neutral, FaceReader 6 now also automatically classifies contempt. Contempt is defined as the feeling that a person or a thing is beneath consideration, worthless, or deserving scorn and therefore seen as a negative emotion. Measuring it in addition to other facial expressions can add great value to your research.

FaceReader 6 now also classifies contempt!

Circumplex model

The circumplex model of affect describes the distribution of emotions in a 2D circular space, containing arousal and valence dimensions. FaceReader offers a real-time representation of this model with the horizontal axis representing the valence dimension (pleasant - unpleasant) and the vertical axis representing the arousal dimension (active - inactive). Facial expressions automatically measured with FaceReader, can be represented at any level of valence and arousal. Circumplex models (Russell, J. A. (1980). A circumplex model of affect. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 39 ( 6 ), 1161.) are commonly used to assess liking in marketing, consumer science, and psychology. 

FaceReader offers a real-time representation of this model with the horizontal axis representing the valence dimension (pleasant - unpleasant) and the vertical axis representing the arousal dimension (active - inactive). Facial expressions automatically measured with FaceReader, can be represented at any level of valence and arousal.

Action Unit analysis

FaceReader now analyzes a selection of 20 commonly used Action Units, such as raising of cheeks, wrinkling of nose, dimpling, and lip tightening. This module offers you valuable information in a minimal amount of time, particularly when analyzing a large amount of video recordings.

Introducing the Action Unit Module

Complete solution

Intuitive and easy to operate, the newly-enhanced Project Analysis Module can be used for advanced analysis and reporting.

Stimulus Presentation Tool

Version 6.1 allows you to compare responses to different video stimuli in one view, offering quicker, broader insights into the effects of applied stimuli. You can add the video stimuli of your choice, with or without sound. Then the Stimulus Presentation Tool presents the stimulus movie(s) to the test participant while at the same time FaceReader is recording the facial expressions. Of course in perfect sync!! You can either use the computer where FaceReader is running, or a separate, connected computer to show the stimuli.

Independent variables

FaceReader 6 also allows you to add user-defined independent variables, such as educational level or previous knowledge level, allowing for the grouping of participants (i.e. females with a high education level). As a result, the software enables you to work effectively and efficiently to produce insightful analyses.

Version 6 allows you to compare responses to different video stimuli in one view, offering faster insights into the effects of stimuli.

Fast, faster, fastest

The free FaceReader trial version offers you the opportunity to evaluate the software at your convenience. See for yourself how this fantastic new version can work for you! It’s the easiest way of getting to know the new features. Experience the ease-of-use and the new features and functionalities; contact your sales representative today!