University of Reading Research Data Archive

The Reading Everyday Emotion Database (REED): version 2.0

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We developed a set of audio-visual recordings of emotions called the Reading Everyday Emotion Database (REED). Twenty-two native British English adults (12 females + 10 males) from a diverse age range and with drama/acting experience were recorded producing utterances of various lengths in spoken and sung conditions in 13 various emotions (neutral, the 6 basic emotions, and 6 complex emotions) using everyday recording devices (e.g., laptops, mobile phones, etc.). All the recordings were validated by a separate, independent group of raters (n = 168 adults).

This dataset contains metadata about the files in the database (in the README file). In addition, it also contains:

- REED_validation_summary.csv -- Data for the validation task
- UoR-DataAccessAgreement-000407.pdf -- The REED Data Access Agreement
- -- Example clips of the REED

Not available in current dataset:
- The REED (will be sent to user once they have signed the Data Access Agreement)

To request access to the REED, please complete a data access request at If your application meets the criteria, a Data Access Agreement (see "UoR-DataAccessAgreement-000407.pdf" for a copy) will be sent to your nominated institutional signatory. Once the agreement is signed and returned, the Research Data Service team will arrange secure access to the dataset.

Resource Type: Dataset
Creators: Ong, Jia Hoong ORCID logoORCID:, Leung, Florence ORCID logoORCID: and Liu, Fang ORCID logoORCID:
Rights-holders: University of Reading
Data Publisher: University of Reading
Publication Year: 2022
Data last accessed: 27 February 2024
Metadata Record URL:
Organisational units: Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences
Participating Organisations: University of Reading
Keywords: emotion, audio-visual, database, stimuli set, speech, song
Data Availability: RESTRICTED
Restrictions: The complete REED database is available to authorised users subject to a Data Access Agreement between the University of Reading and a recipient organisation. A copy of the Data Access Agreement is included with this item.

To request access to the database, please complete a data access request at

A subset of example clips from the database is made available for use under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Licence ( Those clips are listed in the '' file and only those clips should be used for publication and presentation purposes.

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