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Behav Res Methods. 2009 Aug;41(3):841-9. doi: 10.3758/BRM.41.3.841.

Coding gestural behavior with the NEUROGES--ELAN system.

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Department of Neurology, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Psychiatry, German Sport University Cologne, Cologne, Germany.


We present a coding system combined with an annotation tool for the analysis of gestural behavior. The NEUROGES coding system consists of three modules that progress from gesture kinetics to gesture function. Grounded on empirical neuropsychological and psychological studies, the theoretical assumption behind NEUROGES is that its main kinetic and functional movement categories are differentially associated with specific cognitive, emotional, and interactive functions. ELAN is a free, multimodal annotation tool for digital audio and video media. It supports multileveled transcription and complies with such standards as XML and Unicode. ELAN allows gesture categories to be stored with associated vocabularies that are reusable by means of template files. The combination of the NEUROGES coding system and the annotation tool ELAN creates an effective tool for empirical research on gestural behavior.

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