Re: COMP/ART: Emoitonal Mark-Up Language

Date: Sat Feb 03 2001 - 00:14:11 MST

Maybe rendering emotional expressions purely voluntary will render them less
credible and, thus, less effective. But, then again, it may very well turn
out that our reactions to expressions rely on inborn responses that resist
retraining. By extension, that we have evolved to gorge on once-rare sweet
and fat foods hardly prevents us from overindulging in them now. Perhaps
then, EML will prove either ineffective or, if not, regrettable!

In a message dated 2/1/01 2:03:09 PM Pacific Standard Time,

> T.0. Morrow wrote:
> >What a clever idea, Greg! ... it would suffice for EML to correlate
> >directly with face muscles. Consider, for instance, that recent research
> >suggests that analysis of the muscles involved can distinguish between "
> fake"
> >(read, "consciously generated") and genuine smiles.
> Unfortunately I think this highlights a big problem with this approach:
> facial expressions only credibly communicate emotions because they
> are in part involuntary. When people consciously choose their facial
> expressions to communicate via EML, they may not credibly communicate
> much.

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