The 40 or so muscles in the human face can be activated in different combinations to create thousands of expressions. But do these expressions look the same and communicate the same meaning around the world, regardless of culture? Charles Darwin theorized that emotional expression was a common human feature. But he was in the minority. Until the midth century, many researchers believed that the specific ways we show emotion were learned behaviors that varied across cultures.
Sixteen facial expressions appear in every culture
Understanding Emotions Through Facial Expressions
Other cultures can differ greatly from your own, but there are commonalties in the way we express emotions. Researchers from UC Berkeley and Google Research used machine learning and YouTube videos to compare common facial expressions to the situations that prompt them. The study was published in Nature. The researchers logged the facial expressions of six million videos using a machine learning algorithm.
Strong evidence for universals in facial expressions: a reply to Russell's mistaken critique
Megan Willis does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Human faces are arguably the most important things we see. We are quick to detect them in any scene, and they command our attention. Faces express a wealth of important social information, such as whether another person is angry or scared, which in turn allows us to prepare for fight or flight. Does this mean facial expressions are universal?
Paul Ekman is considered by the American Psychological Association APA to be one of the most prestigious and influential psychologists of the 21st century. They are a rich source of non-verbal communication and display a vast amount of emotional and cognitive information. Paul Ekman is an incredible book that details part of the knowledge that was used within the TV show referenced above. He has created an "atlas of emotions" with more than ten thousand facial expressions, and has gained a reputation as "the … Signaler un abus.