Different theories propose that mimicry of emotional expressions facial or otherwise mechanistically underlies, or at least facilitates, these swift adaptive reactions. The majority of research has focused on facial actions as expressions of emotion. However, the fact that emotions are not just expressed by facial muscles alone is often still ignored in emotion perception research. In this article, I therefore argue for a broader exploration of emotion signals from sources beyond the face muscles that are more automatic and difficult to control.
How Do You Know Which Emotion a Facial Expression Represents?
Frontiers | Facial Expressions of Basic Emotions in Japanese Laypeople | Psychology
See also: Eye contact A person's face, especially their eyes, creates the most obvious and immediate cues that lead to the formation of impressions. This article discusses eyes and facial expressions and the effect they have on interpersonal communication. A person's eyes reveal much about how they are feeling, or what they are thinking. Blink rate can reveal how nervous or at ease a person may be. Research by Boston College professor Joe Tecce suggests that stress levels are revealed by blink rates. He supports his data with statistics on the relation between the blink rates of presidential candidates and their success in their races.
Do you think the young woman is surprised? You may be wrong. A facial expression of emotion depends not only on the face itself, but also the context in which the expression is situated.
Instead of reliable readouts of our emotional states, they show our intentions and social goals. Our smiles and frowns may well be instinctive. The idea that emotions are fundamental, instinctive and expressed in our faces is deeply ingrained in Western culture. In different countries around the world, researcher Paul Ekman asked subjects to match photos of facial expressions with emotions or emotional scenarios. His studies seemed to indicate that some expressions, and their corresponding feelings, were recognised by people of all cultures.