Members in the Media
From: NPR

It’s A Small World When It Comes To :-/


Body language can be a dead giveaway of where you’re from. People can tell whether you’re from Australia or the U.K. by the way you smile. They can tell whether you’re from China or Egypt by the way you count using your fingers. And they know whether you’re American or German depending on how you express sympathy.

But when it comes to expressing negative emotions, our body language might be much more universal than we realize. The proof is in a single facial expression that crosses over cultures and languages around the world: the “not face.”

The team, led by cognitive scientist Aleix Martinez, homed in on negative statements — like “that’s not a good idea” or “I don’t like that” — and used computer algorithms to map the corresponding facial movements.

Read the whole story: NPR

More of our Members in the Media >

APS regularly opens certain online articles for discussion on our website. Effective February 2021, you must be a logged-in APS member to post comments. By posting a comment, you agree to our Community Guidelines and the display of your profile information, including your name and affiliation. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations present in article comments are those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the views of APS or the article’s author. For more information, please see our Community Guidelines.

Please login with your APS account to comment.