Dr. Louise Delicato & Dr. Kathy Clawson
Louise Delicato is a Principal Lecturer in Psychology with a research interest in visual perception and the ability of individuals to recognise emotions from facial expressions. Louise’s research investigates the Sensitivity of people with Parkinson’s to different intensities of Emotions (SPiEs) to determine whether disease progression in Parkinson’s is characterised by an individual’s ability to recognise emotions.
Kathy Clawson is a Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering with research interests in image and video processing, computer vision and pattern recognition. Kathy is working on Automated Recognition of Non-Emotional Expressivity (ARNEE). This work aims to automate the upper and lower face apraxia test to characterise and quantify facial movement.
The overall aim of our research is to understand the relationship between facial movement and ability to recognise emotions. We want to know whether impairment in the ability of people with Parkinson’s to recognise emotions may be a result of a reduced ability to make facial movements (facial masking).