Motion Capture Research

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On a couple of the days of this class we went to the motion capture lab to learn the many applications of this technology. Motion capture has a variety of uses in so many different fields. One of the main areas of research we discussed in class was using dance and music as a means to study human movement. I enjoyed learning about this and seeing people put the equipment to use. I find the interaction of a person with music can be expressed in the form of movement or dance. The guest speakers in class conduct research with the reactions of different types of people to different genres of music. I thought the study involving extroverts and introverts was something that could really tell a lot about how these two groups of people express themselves. Introverts tend to be much more reserved than extroverts who are more likely to move and dance to the music in a more expressive way. It shows a difference in movement expressivity.

The guest speakers in class conduct research with the reactions of different types of people to different genres of music. I thought the study involving extroverts and introverts was something that could really tell a lot about how these two groups of people express themselves. Introverts tend to be much more reserved than extroverts who are more likely to move and dance to the music in a more expressive way. It shows a difference in movement expressivity. I saw a great example of this difference during my visit to Jyväskylä when I went to a club. Those on my trip who were more introverted (myself included) tended to dance differently and less expressively than those who were extroverts.

One of the coolest applications of motion capture is the use in studying the rehabilitation of stroke victims. I think it was very interesting to learn that this can be used to see how therapy and rehabilitation has helped stroke victims. From a biological perspective and studying biological medicine at university, this study was much more interesting to me. I can see the benefits of capturing frame by frame how this person’s movements change over the course of treatment. They record motion capture of stroke victims during their treatment. Hand movement and other things are recorded to see the improvement of motor skills. I like that they also include music performance as a means of measuring the treatment process as their expressivity and movement may change over the course of the experiment. Overall learning about motion capture in class was incredibly interesting and I would really like to see the applications it may have in my own research. I have an article below that just briefly touches on how motion capture technology can help stroke patients. I think it gives the public insight into the importance of this growing field of motion capture and seeing the its many uses beyond gaming technology.

https://www.polygon.com/2013/12/27/5248672/gaming-technology-could-help-stroke-patients

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