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Paid Participant for Affectiva Study - Waltham MA

Background: Affectiva is an MIT Media Lab spin-off that developed emotion detection software currently being used in multiple industries including: healthcare, education, market research, and last year Affectiva broke into the automotive industry focusing on driver safety.

These are the studies that we are currently recruiting for: Face Registration & In Car Emotion Posing Version 3. Due to time in scheduling, you may be ran through both studies.

Note: If you have participated in any of Affectiva's studies before, you are qualified to participate in this study!

1. Study Name: In Car Emotion Posing Version 3

NOTE: Participants WILL NOT be driving. Cars will be stationary inside a garage the entire time. 

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to collect data of participants expressing various emotional states and expressions. The data will be used to train AI models that can be deployed in future vehicles providing additional driver safety features. Please note this study will be conducted in one of our downtown Boston labs.

Location:  WALTHAM, MA

Affectiva Data Labs

87 Beaver Street

Waltham, MA 02453          

Requirements to Qualify to Participate:

  • Must be available for a hour period during their scheduled appointment
  • Must be willing to be recorded via cameras and microphones during the study
  • Must be over 18 years of age
  • Must not be under the influence of medications, alcohol, or other drugs
  • Must not wear or have any head-gear, eye-patches, wear clothing the night of that blocks the eyes or parts of the face, except regular eyeglasses

Type of Activity: This is an emotion expression study and participants will be required to mimic expressions that will be presented to them in order to emote various emotional states. The study session will consist of a practice session that allows participants to get familiar with the emotional expressions that we are interested in followed by a live session that will be recorded

Scheduling information: Eligible participants will be able to schedule a 1 hour time slot

Additional Information: This study requires a diverse group of participants, including age, gender, ethnicity, beards, glasses, etc. The more diverse the data, the more accurate and inclusive the technology will be. Should you meet the requirements of the study, additional information will be provided.

2. Study Name: Face Registration

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to collect visual data of participants making different head movements. You will be asked to look to the left, look to the right, roll your head around, etc. If you have any mobility issues with your neck, shoulders or head then you may not be qualified to participate in this study.

Location: WALTHAM, MA

Affectiva Data Labs

87 Beaver Street

Waltham, MA 02453

Requirements to Qualify to Participate:

  • Must be willing to be recorded via cameras and microphones during the study

  • Must not be under the influence of medications, alcohol, or other drugs

  • General mobility of neck, shoulders and head. No strenuous movements but full rotations of head and neck are required. 

Type of Activity: A participant will be directed to enter an automobile and make different head movements while wearing hats (baseball, winter, or other like hoodie), scarves, glasses (prescription or clear), and sunglasses. We can provide you with these items, but would highly prefer you to bring your own. If you are not comfortable using our items, please bring them. Be aware that these items are required. If you do not bring your own and you are also not comfortable with using the ones that we provide, then you WILL NOT be able to participate in this study!

Note: We are actively looking for children to participate in this study and they will be compensated. Parents have to accompany those under the age of 18 to sign the liability waiver.

Scheduling information: Eligible participants will be contacted to schedule a 1 hour time slot.

Required time commitment: 1 hour during your scheduled time.

Commitment to your scheduled study time is incredibly important to the success of the study. Please don't sign up if not fully committed to participate. Please note: Bringing friends and family along with is highly encouraged however be aware there may be a wait depending on how busy the day is! Affectiva reserves the right to refuse study participation for any reason. 

Compensation: $100 will be given to each participant for the entire HOUR that it takes to run through the studies via PayPal or gift card

 

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