The EU-Emotion Stimulus Set: A validation study

Helen O’Reilly, Delia Pigat, Shimrit Fridenson, Steve Berggren, Shahar Tal, Ofer Golan, Sven Bölte, Simon Baron-Cohen, Daniel Lundqvist

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The EU-Emotion Stimulus Set is a newly developed collection of dynamic multimodal emotion and mental state representations. A total of 20 emotions and mental states are represented through facial expressions, vocal expressions, body gestures and contextual social scenes. This emotion set is portrayed by a multi-ethnic group of child and adult actors. Here we present the validation results, as well as participant ratings of the emotional valence, arousal and intensity of the visual stimuli from this emotion stimulus set. The EU-Emotion Stimulus Set is available for use by the scientific community and the validation data are provided as a supplement available for download.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)567-576
Number of pages10
JournalBehavior Research Methods
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The research leading to these results received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under Grant Agreement No. 289021 ( ). S.B. was supported by the Swedish Research Council (Grant No. 523-2009-7054). We are grateful to Kate Lindley Baron-Cohen for directing and managing the production of the EU-Emotion Stimulus Set. We also thank Eye Film & TV for filming and editing the clips.

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© 2015, Psychonomic Society, Inc.


  • Emotion expression
  • Emotion recognition
  • Emotion stimulus set
  • Validation


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