Looking At The Body: Automatic Analysis of Body Gestures and Self-Adaptors in Psychological Distress

31 Jul 2020  ·  Weizhe Lin, Indigo Orton, QingBiao Li, Gabriela Pavarini, Marwa Mahmoud ·

Psychological distress is a significant and growing issue in society. Automatic detection, assessment, and analysis of such distress is an active area of research. Compared to modalities such as face, head, and vocal, research investigating the use of the body modality for these tasks is relatively sparse. This is, in part, due to the limited available datasets and difficulty in automatically extracting useful body features. Recent advances in pose estimation and deep learning have enabled new approaches to this modality and domain. To enable this research, we have collected and analyzed a new dataset containing full body videos for short interviews and self-reported distress labels. We propose a novel method to automatically detect self-adaptors and fidgeting, a subset of self-adaptors that has been shown to be correlated with psychological distress. We perform analysis on statistical body gestures and fidgeting features to explore how distress levels affect participants' behaviors. We then propose a multi-modal approach that combines different feature representations using Multi-modal Deep Denoising Auto-Encoders and Improved Fisher Vector Encoding. We demonstrate that our proposed model, combining audio-visual features with automatically detected fidgeting behavioral cues, can successfully predict distress levels in a dataset labeled with self-reported anxiety and depression levels.

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Well-being Dataset
Task Dataset Model Metric Name Metric Value Global Rank Result Benchmark
Anxiety Detection Well-being Dataset Audio-visual DDA F1-score 82.1 # 1
Depression Detection Well-being Dataset Searched [BodyGesture, Fidget_pure] Linear Model F1-score 83.38 # 1
Depression Detection Well-being Dataset Audio-visual DDA F1-score 78.7 # 2


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