Reading Emotion From Mouse Cursor Motions: Affective Computing Approach. Academic Article uri icon


  • Affective computing research has advanced emotion recognition systems using facial expressions, voices, gaits, and physiological signals, yet these methods are often impractical. This study integrates mouse cursor motion analysis into affective computing and investigates the idea that movements of the computer cursor can provide information about emotion of the computer user. We extracted 16-26 trajectory features during a choice-reaching task and examined the link between emotion and cursor motions. Participants were induced for positive or negative emotions by music, film clips, or emotional pictures, and they indicated their emotions with questionnaires. Our 10-fold cross-validation analysis shows that statistical models formed from "known" participants (training data) could predict nearly 10%-20% of the variance of positive affect and attentiveness ratings of "unknown" participants, suggesting that cursor movement patterns such as the area under curve and direction change help infer emotions of computer users.

published proceedings

  • Cogn Sci

altmetric score

  • 5.1

author list (cited authors)

  • Yamauchi, T., & Xiao, K.

citation count

  • 38

complete list of authors

  • Yamauchi, Takashi||Xiao, Kunchen

publication date

  • April 2018