MOVEMENT RANKING SCALE OF HUMAN BODY STATIC IMAGES FOR SUBJECTIVE TIMING ESTIMATION

  • Francisco Carlos Nather
  • José Lino Oliveira Bueno

Abstract

Static images representing human bodies with greater suggestion of movement have been estimated as longer than those with lesser movement (Nather & Bueno, 2006a). This study aimed to obtain a reference scale of body movement intensity for static visual stimuli. Stimuli were photographic images of 16 sculptures of dancers made by Edgar Degas. These images were presented to two subject groups (trained and not trained in visual arts and classic ballet) whose task was to judge the intensity of the dancer’s movement using a seven point scale. The data were used to build the Body Movement Ranking Scale (BMRS). Images with equal durations (ordered by BMRS’s arithmetic or geometric progressions) were estimated as having different durations: 1.5- and 3.0-point stimuli were estimated as shorter than 6.0-point ones; 1.5- and 3.0-point were underestimated, and 6.0-point stimuli were overestimated regarding real time; 4.5-point ones were estimated to have the same duration of real time.

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