Researchers in Japan have developed a technology that uses computer generated emotions to alter mood.

In much the same way that faking a smile has been shown to elevate mood, Incendiary Reflection aims to influence emotion by utilizing a virtual mirror that digitally manipulates a person's actual facial expression and displays an alternate expression back to them. The intended goal is to get people to absorb the facial feedback they see in front of them and perceive the computer generated facial expressions as their own, thus affecting their mood.

Developed by University of Tokyo graduate student, Shigeo Yoshida, the system presents subtle changes in emotion. The “mirror” consists of a display and camera that maps the user's expression and makes slight changes in key areas of the face, like the corners of the eyes and mouth, to give the appearance of a smile when the person is frowning or visa versa.

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