Micro Expressions

V.V.Varadhan 20080317 S.Shreyas 20080300

but also occur in most other mammals and some other animal species. They are a primary means of conveying social information among humans. Facial expressions are a form of nonverbal communication. These movements convey the emotional state of the individual to observers. .Facial expressions     Facial expression results from one or more motions or positions of the muscles of the face. to some extent. Facial expressions and their significance in the perceiver can. vary between cultures.

involuntary facial expression shown on the face of humans according to emotions experienced. surprise. it is difficult to fake microexpressions. and contempt  . anger. where people have something to lose or gain. fear.Micro-expression    A microexpression is a brief. sadness. Unlike regular facial expressions. happiness. Microexpressions express the seven universal emotions: disgust. They usually occur in high-stakes situations.

.They can occur as fast as 1/15 t o 1/25 of a second.

 . Microexpressions were first discovered by Haggard and Isaacs. and sadness. disgust. fear.This reprint edition of Ekman and Friesen's breakthrough research on the facial expression of emotion uses scores of photographs showing emotions of surprise. In their 1966 study. happiness. Haggard and Isaacs outlined how they discovered these "micromomentary" expressions while "scanning motion picture films of psychotherapy hours. contempt. searching for indications of non-verbal communication between therapist and patient" . anger.

How to catch a liar? .

among many other cues. In the Wizards Project the ability of people to detect deception was studied.000 people. To date. Of the thousands of people tested. the Wizards Project has identified just over 50 people with this ability after testing nearly 20. The Wizards Project researchers named these people "Truth Wizards".Wizards Project   Most people do not seem to perceive microexpressions in themselves or others.  . only a select few were able to accurately detect when someone was lying. Truth Wizards use microexpressions. to determine if someone is being truthful. Scientists hope by studying wizards that they can further advance the techniques used to identify deception.

Reading microexpressions .

our faces have a peculiar habit of exhibiting an expression that matches the way we feel. Likewise. our brains are wired to search for and interpret these facial cues.   . Since many facial expressions and the emotions they represent are common to the entire human species. when we feel something on an emotional level. sometimes without our knowledge or without the desire to put our emotions on display across our faces.

Detection Happines s Ange r Disgu st Sadnes s Cont em pt Fea r .Micro expression .

it still influences our brain activity and alters our perception of the expressions we do consciously see on another's face. But if the "happy" expression is preceded by a sneering microexpression that you aren't even conscious of detecting. you'll identify it as happy. but there's just something about that person …"  . "I don't know what it is.   Even when we're consciously unaware of detecting a microexpression. So. you'll be more likely to describe that same "happy" face as "cunning" or "untrustworthy. if you see a "happy" expression plain as day on someone's face and there were no microexpressions preceding it." This may go a long way in explaining that uneasy feeling that leads you to walk away from someone thinking.

References  Wikipedia  Google  Lie To Me (TV series) .

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