Timing of Facial Movements for Posed and Spontaneous Facial Expressions

The purpose of this research study is to detect timing differences in movement onset when subjects produce facial expressions either intentionally or spontaneously as a means to determine what brain area is responsible for initiating the facial expression. This study uses a high-speed video camera to study how emotion is expressed on the face.  Research participants will be shown videos to provoke different emotions while sitting in a chair facing the camera.  Participants may also be asked to demonstrate different emotions. Participants will be asked to make specific facial movements as well as spontaneous facial movements made in response to short videos. All sessions will be at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora Colorado

Main Procedures Involved

  • Collect demographic and medical history
  • Neurological screening
  • Record video of participant making specific facial movements
  • Record video of participant making spontaneous facial movements in response to videos
  • There are also optional study procedures not listed here that can be completed if the participant chooses to do so.

Main Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria

To be eligible for this study, you must:

  • Be between the age of 18 and 95
  • Have no documented dependency on substances or medications
  • Have no history of significant facial fractures.

Duration of Study Participation

This study will be one visit that will last approximately 1 hour. 


Compensation not provided, however participants will receive neurological screening. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. 


To see if you qualify, please contact Neurology Research Partners



PI: Pressman, Peter

COMIRB#: 17-0599

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