Gender Effects on an EEG-Based Emotion Level Classification System

  • I. De La PavaEmail author
  • A. Álvarez
  • P. Herrera
  • G. Castellanos-Dominguez
  • A. Orozco
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11401)


Emotion level classification systems based on features extracted from physiological signals have promising applications in human-computer interfaces. Moreover, there is increasing evidence that points to gender differences in the processing of emotional stimuli. However, such differences are commonly overlooked during the assessment and development of the systems in question. Here, we study gender differences in the performance of an emotion level classification system and its constituting elements, namely features extracted from electroencephalography (EEG) signals, and emotion level ratings in the Arousal/Valence (AV) dimensional space elicited from audiovisual stimuli. Obtained results show differences in the physiological and expressive responses of men and women, and in overall classification performance for the valence dimension.


Emotion assessment Electroencephalography Gender differences 



This work was supported by projects 1110-744-55778 and 6-18-1 funded by Colciencias and Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, respectively. Author I. De La Pava was supported by the program “Doctorado Nacional en Empresa - Convoctoria 758 de 2016”, also funded by Colciencias.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. De La Pava
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. Álvarez
    • 1
  • P. Herrera
    • 2
  • G. Castellanos-Dominguez
    • 3
  • A. Orozco
    • 1
  1. 1.Automatic Research Group, Faculty of EngineeringsUniversidad Tecnológica de PereiraPereiraColombia
  2. 2.Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Community Group, School of MedicineUniversidad Tecnológica de PereiraPereiraColombia
  3. 3.Signal Processing and Recognition Group, Department of Electrical and Electronic EngineeringUniversidad Nacional de ColombiaManizalesColombia

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