University of York Students' Union
Multimedia documents such as images, sounds or videos can be used to elicit emotional responses in exposed human subjects. These stimuli are stored in affective multimedia databases and successfully used for a wide variety of research in affective computing, human-computer interaction and cognitive sciences. Affective multimedia databases are simple repositories of multimedia documents with annotated high-level semantics and affective content. Although important all affective multimedia databases have numerous deficiencies which impair their applicability. To establish a better understanding of how experts use affective multimedia databases and online survey was conducted into the subject. The survey results are statistically significant and indicate that contemporary databases lack stimuli with rich semantic and emotional content.