GEMEP Corpus

The GEneva Multimodal Emotion Portrayals (GEMEP) is a collection of audio and video recordings featuring 10 actors portraying 18 affective states, with different verbal contents and different modes of expression. It was created in Geneva by Klaus Scherer and Tanja Bänziger, in the framework of a project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (FNRS 101411-100367) and with support of the European Network of Excellence "Humaine" (IST-2002- Multimodal Interfaces, Contract no. 507422). Rating studies and objective behavioral analyses are also currently funded by Project 2 and the Methods module of the Swiss Affective Science Center Grant (FNRS).





The full description of the GEMEP corpus (general design, emotions included, number of actors, expressive modalities, etc.) and of the rating studies conducted on the portrayals can be found in 



The confusion matrices have been published as supplemental material to Bänziger, Mortillaro, & Scherer 2012 and can be dowloaded from this page.


The rationale for the use of actors in emotion research can be found in



The emotional scenarios given to the actors (in french) can be downloaded here. 





The 145 audio-video files of the GEMEP Core Set are available for research purposes free of charge. In order to obtain the GEMEP Core Set

  1. Download , print, & fill in the general conditions of use.
  2. Mail the original signed form together with a short description of your project to:

            CISA, Campus Biotech, 9 chemin des Mines, CH-1202 Genève

       3. If you want a faster access to the files, you can send the signed form and the project description to ERI-cisa(at)


Once we have approved your request, we will share the GEMEP Core Set files with you. Please note that we reserve the right to decline a request to use GEMEP in case your planned project corresponds exactly to a study that is currently ongoing or planned in the near future at our research center.
If you have any questions on the use of GEMEP, please read the general conditions of use or send an email to ERI-cisa(at)

If you are interested in the Body Action and Posture coding scheme, please go to the publication or directly to the download page.




Here below you find a list of other publications describing studies based on the GEMEP corpus. By clicking on one of them you will be directed to the webpage in which you will find the related supplemental material.



  • Krumhuber, E. G., & Scherer, K. R. (2011). Affect bursts: Dynamic patterns of facial expressions. Emotion, 11(4), 825-841.



  • Patel, S., Scherer, K. R., Björkner, E., & Sundberg, J. (2011). Mapping emotions into acoustic space: the role of voice production. Biological Psychology, 87(1), 93-98.



  • Mehu, M., Mortillaro, M., Bänziger, T., & Scherer. K. R. (2012). Reliable facial muscle activation enhances recognizability and credibility of emotional expression. Emotion, 12(4), 701-715. 


  • Dael, N., Goudbeek, M., & Scherer, K. R. (2013). Perceived gesture dynamics in nonverbal expression of emotion. Perception42(6), 642-657.


  • Bänziger, T., Patel, S., & Scherer, K. R. (2014). The role of perceived voice and speech characteristics in vocal emotion communication. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior38(1), 31-52. 


  • Bänziger, T., Hosoya, G., & Scherer, K. R. (2015). Path models of vocal emotion communication. PloS one10(9), e0136675. 


  • Mehu, M., & Scherer, K. R. (2015). Emotion categories and dimensions in the facial communication of affect: An integrated approach. Emotion15(6), 798.