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What We Do With Our Faces

What We Do With Our Faces


Why do Individuals smile a lot?

Marco Goran Romano

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In 2016, my colleague Olga Khazan noticed a cultural distinction enjoying out on the faces of these round her. “Right here’s one thing that has all the time puzzled me, rising up within the U.S. as a toddler of Russian dad and mom,” she wrote. “Every time I or my pals have been having our images taken, we have been informed to say ‘cheese’ and smile. But when my dad and mom additionally occurred to be within the photograph, they have been stone-faced. So have been my Russian kin, of their trip images. My dad and mom’ high-school commencement photos present them frolicking about in bellbottoms with their younger classmates, wanting completely crestfallen.”

Had been her Russian kin merely much less blissful than her American pals? Not essentially, it seems: Analysis means that some societies view informal smiling as an indication of heat or respect, however others are extra inclined to see it as an indication of trickery.

Olga’s reporting on smiling has caught with me since I first learn it—as a result of it’s fascinating, but additionally as a result of understanding the human face is changing into an increasing number of necessary in our AI period, when a lot of our know-how purports to acknowledge, and even enhance upon, our faces and their expressions. As we speak’s publication brings you tales concerning the human face and the feelings it could reveal.

On Faces

Why Individuals Smile So A lot

How immigration and cultural values have an effect on what individuals do with their faces

Synthetic Intelligence Is Misreading Human Emotion

There isn’t any good proof that facial expressions reveal an individual’s emotions. However massive tech corporations need you to consider in any other case.

The Introverted Face

Folks put severe weight on judgments of character based mostly on facial construction alone. (From 2014)

Nonetheless Curious?

Different Diversions


Naomi Sharp’s 2016 piece discovered that computer systems might have a leg up on people relating to recognizing facial expressions:​​ In a single research, “when individuals watched silent movies of the identical individual experiencing ache and faking ache, they couldn’t inform which was which. A pc was right 85 p.c of the time,” Sharp wrote.

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