Multimodal Emotion Recognition Test (MERT)

The MERT (Bänziger, Grandjean, & Scherer, 2009) consists of 30 video clips of actors (three for each of 10 emotions: irritation, anger, anxiety, fear, happiness, elated joy, disgust, contempt, sadness, despair) that are presented in four modalities (still picture, video only, audio only, audio with video), yielding a total of 120 items. These recordings were taken from the GVEESS corpus (Banse & Scherer, 1996). A standard pseudo-linguistic sentence (i.e., a sentence without meaning) is used as verbal content.

After each of the 120 stimuli, participants are asked to choose which of the 10 emotions had been expressed by the actor. The total duration of the MERT is 45 minutes.


To try out the MERT, please go to our Exploring your EC page.

Obtaining the MERT for research purposes

If you wish to use the MERT for academic research purposes, please follow the instructions below:


  1. Read the EC generic manual and the MERT user manual
  2. Download and print the MERT user agreement form
  3. Send the completed and signed agreement form together with a brief description of the project (1/2 to 1 page) in which you want to use the MERT to eureca(at)ugent.be 
  4. Upon approval of your request, you will receive a personal link to administer the MERT to your subjects and to download the results.



Bänziger, T., Grandjean, D., & Scherer, K. R. (2009). Emotion recognition from expressions in face, voice, and body: The Multimodal Emotion Recognition Test (MERT). Emotion, 9(5), 691–704.