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    Multimedia training and evaluation App for "micro expression" recognition of emotions used mostly by law-enforcement agencies in "deception detec… Read More
    Multimedia training and evaluation App for "micro expression" recognition of emotions used mostly by law-enforcement agencies in "deception detection" (NYPD, Scotland Yard, FBI). A little dated, but was one of the earliest custom iPad Apps created for this purpose. The hit FOX show "LIE TO ME" was based on the professor's work (Paul Ekman). Read Less
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Micro Expression Training Tool – iPad App
The problem: how to design a training and testing App teaching novice users how to correctly identify "micro-expressions" (indications of one of seven emotions: anger, fear, disgust, happiness, sadness, contempt and surprise).

I collaborated with Paul Ekman as a Principal Lead User Experience on more than a dozen Apps over 7 years for the NYPD, The Scotland Yard, Homeland Security and others (Paul Ekman is a world-renowned expert in the scientific study of emotions and micro expressions). I worked the "full stack" of UXD: user research, crafting personas, task flows, user flows, information architecture, interaction design, wireframes, prototypes, user testing, and functional specifications.
The main challenge was to design a program that was appealing visually, easy to use and that successfully delivered on the goal to train a person to recognize "micro-expressions." I made the decision to construct the information "modules" in a game-like layout and design a simple, intuitive UI that requires no manual or explanation.
Part of creating a great user experience was to "gamify" the UI and provide feedback ("Did I get that right?") when practicing. Even though some instructions had to be provided, the decision from the outset was to make the UI as intuitive as possible.
The actual test contained 84 randomized expressions. As part of continuous feedback I wanted to provide a visual progress indicator along with overall score and right or wrong indicators for each answer.