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Dr. Dennis Küster
Dr. Dennis Küster
Dr.
Scientific Fellow
Psychology & Methods


Campus Ring 1
28759 Bremen
Germany

Fax: 
+49 421 200-3303
Email: 
d.kuester [at] jacobs-university.de
Office: 
Research IV, Room 154
Research Interests: 

I am a postdoctoral fellow for the EU-FP7 project eMOTE. My research interests revolve around the topic of emotions from a variety of angles, including: Psychophysiology of emotions, contextual and social factors influencing emotion expression, online self-presentation (avatars), affect sensing in Human-Robot-Interaction (HRI), expression of emotions in Human-Computer-Interaction (HCI), methods of emotion assessment, and emotion elicitation (e.g., images, videos, sounds, feedback). These types of studies frequently include validation experiments in the context of HRI/HCI, or the comparison of laboratory measures with new contact-free or wireless devices (e.g., Microsoft Kinect, or the Affectiva Q-Sensor). In a previous EU-FP7-project (Cyberemotions), I have further been involved with sentiment detection for online materials using automated measures. More recently, I have further become particularly interested in the impact of emotion-related facial events such as tears and blushing on the perception of emotions as well as person perception. Across these different types of topics, I study emotions from an appraisal perspective, and a common theme is the issue of how social context affects emotional processing at multiple levels. For this, I am using various measures and paradigms that can include subjective report, response time sensitive measures (e.g., the Implicit Association Test), or analyses at the level of texts written by participants (for Cyberemotions).

Publications: 
Corrigan, L. J., Basedow, C., Küster, D., Kappas, A., Peters, C., & Castellano, G. (2014, March). Mixing implicit and explicit probes: Finding a ground truth for engagement in social human-robot interactions. In Proceedings of the 2014 ACM/IEEE international conference on Human-robot interaction (pp. 140-141). ACM. doi:10.1145/2559636.2559815 *Nominee for the best (late breaking paper) award at HRI.*

Küster, D., & Kappas, A. (2014). What could a body tell a social robot that it does not know? In A. Holzinger, S. H. Fairclough, D. Majoe, & H. P. da Silva (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Physiological Computing Systems (pp. 358-367). SciTePress Digital Library. doi:10.5220/0004892503580367

Kappas, A., Castellano, G., Paiva, A., Barendregt, W., Aylett, R., Nabais, F., & Küster, D. (2013, August). Affective loops between children and artificial embodied tutors: The EMOTE project. Poster presented at the International Society for Research on Emotions (ISRE) Conference, Berkeley, CA, USA.

Kappas, A., Küster, D., Basedow, C., & Dente, P. (2013). A validation study of the affective Q-Sensor in different social laboratory situations. Poster presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Florence, Italy.

Kappas, A., Krumhuber, E., & Küster, D. (2013). Facial behavior. In J. A. Hall, & M. L. Knapp (Eds.) Nonverbal Communication (pp. 131-166). Berlin & New York: de Gruyter/Mouton.

Küster, D., & Kappas, A., (2013). Measuring emotions in individuals and Internet Communities. In T. Benski, & E. Fisher (Eds.), Internet and emotions (pp.48-61). Routledge.

Thelwall, M., Buckley, K., Paltoglou, G., Skowron, M., Garcia, D., Gobron, S., Ahn, J., Kappas, A., Küster, D., & Holyst, J.A. (2013). Damping sentiment analysis in online communication: Discussions, monologs and dialogs. Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Text Processing / Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 7817, 1-12.

Garcia, D., Kappas, A., Küster, D., Theunis, M., Tsankova, E., Garas, A., Kuppens, P., & Schweitzer, F. (2012, September). Measuring the dynamics of individual emotions under online interaction through subjective and physiological responses. Poster presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Kappas, A., Küster, D., Theunis, M., & Tsankova, E. (2012, September). Cyberemotions: An analysis of synchronous computer mediated communication and dyadic interaction. Poster presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Küster, D., & Kappas, A. (2012, June). Extreme emotions in cyberspace: Can social psychologists study a more elusive animal in the wild? Poster presented at the EASP Small Group Meeting on Extreme Emotions in Human Interaction, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Theunis, M., Tsankova, E., Küster, D., & Kappas, A. (2012, January). Emotion in computer-mediated-communication: A fine-grained perspective. Poster presented at the 7th Emotion Pre-Conference to the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, California.

Ahn, J., Borowiec, A., Buckley, K., Cai, D., Chmiel, A., Czaplicka, Da;browski, G., Garas, A., Garcia, D., Gobron, S., Hillmann, R., Ho?yst, J., Kappas, A., Küster, D., Mitrovic, M., Paltoglou, G., Pirker, H., Rank, S., Schweitzer, F., Sienkiewicz, J., Skowron, S., Sobkowicz, P., Thalmann, D., Thelwall, M., Theunis, M., Tsankova, E., & Weronski, P. (2011). CyberEmotions: Collective emotions in cyberspace. Procedia Computer Science, 7, 221–222. doi:10.1016/j.procs.2011.09.076

Küster, D., & Kappas, A. (2011). Peripher-physiologische Verfahren während und nach der Bildbetrachtung. Physiologische Messungen: Herzrate, Hautleitfähigkeit und verwandte Verfahren. In T. Petersen, & C. Schwender (Eds.), Die Entschlüsselung der Bilder: Methoden zur Erforschung visueller Kommunikation. Ein Handbuch (pp. 372-383). Köln: Von Halem Verlag.

Kappas, A., Küster, D., Theunis, M., & Tsankova, E. (2011, July). Reading or writing internet contents in non-interactive settings triggers emotions: Changes in subjective experience, expression, and physiological activation. In A. Kappas (Chair), Cyberemotions: Emotions in cyberspace – models and empirical approaches. Symposium conducted at the 18th Conference of the International Society for Research on Emotions, Kyoto, Japan.

Kappas, A., Küster, D., Tsankova, E., & Theunis, M. (2011, May). How does the digital world link with the heart? Of human emotions and cyberemotions. In A. Kappas (Chair), Getting to the heart of the digital: Automatic analysis of affect in online communication. Symposium conducted at the 61st Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Boston, Massachusetts.

Kappas, A., Tsankova, E., Theunis, M., & Küster, D. (2011, September). Cyberemotions: Subjective and physiological responses elicited by contributing to online discussion forums. Poster presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Boston, Massachusetts.

Küster, D., Kappas, A., Theunis, M., & Tsankova, E. (2011, September). Bilateral plantar electrodermal activity elicited by contributing to online discussion forums: Do males and females recover asymmetrically? Poster presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Boston, Massachusetts.

Küster, D., Tsankova, E., Theunis, M., & Kappas, A. (2011, August). Measuring cyberemotions: How do bodily responses relate to the digital world? Poster presented at the 7th Conference of the Media Psychology Division of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie, Bremen, Germany.

Vujovic', L., Tsankova, E., Kappas, A., & Küster, D. (2011, August). Avatars in a "nonymous" vs. anonymous online setting. Poster presented at the 7th Conference of the Media Psychology Division of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie, Bremen, Germany.

Kappas, A., Küster, D., Theunis, M., &, Tsankova, E. (2010). CyberEmotions: Subjective and physiological responses to reading online discussion forums. Poster presented at the 50thAnnual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Portland, Oregon.

Theunis, M., Küster, D., Tsankova, E., & Kappas, A. (2010). CyberEmotions: Online discussion forums elicit subjective emotional response. Poster accepted for presentation at the 3rd European Conference on Emotion, organized by the Consortium of European Research on Emotion, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France. Not presented due to air traffic issues (volcanic ash cloud).