Motion capture technology is finding itself useful outside of Hollywood. Instead of being a wall between animation and human reality, researchers are using the technology to measure human behavior.
BBC News has an interesting video segment up on their site about Professor Shri Narayanan and his research at University of Southern California. They're not just capturing actors in scenes, but looking at how they move, interact, and emote. More specifically, "how the body language interacts with the spoken language," and "how intonation is choreographed with facial expressions or body movement."
Narayanan believes that by studying and learning possible connections, these connections can be quantified and used to see the movements are different for children with autism, and help diagnoses. Not only that, but psychologists are getting involved in the studies, to map how couples move and interact in couples therapy. Luckily the couples don't have to wear the spandex bodysuits (as if revealing personal thoughts and feelings isn't daunting enough!), they get what looks to be regular clothing.
I wonder if Tim Roth has stopped by for a visit yet...