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Old 11-13-2010, 01:36 PM   #1
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Can You be Faked Out by a Smile?

I ran across this interesting test and scored a 15/20 on it, but have no idea if that's good or notsogood. IMHO it's all about the eyes.

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Most people are surprisingly bad at spotting fake smiles. One possible explanation for this is that it may be easier for people to get along if they don't always know what others are really feeling.
Although fake smiles often look very similar to genuine smiles, they are actually slightly different, because they are brought about by different muscles, which are controlled by different parts of the brain.
Fake smiles can be performed at will, because the brain signals that create them come from the conscious part of the brain and prompt the zygomaticus major muscles in the cheeks to contract. These are the muscles that pull the corners of the mouth outwards.
Genuine smiles, on the other hand, are generated by the unconscious brain, so are automatic. When people feel pleasure, signals pass through the part of the brain that processes emotion. As well as making the mouth muscles move, the muscles that raise the cheeks – the orbicularis oculi and the pars orbitalis – also contract, making the eyes crease up, and the eyebrows dip slightly.
BBC - Science & Nature - Human Body and Mind - Spot The Fake Smile
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Old 11-13-2010, 01:56 PM   #2
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The have it....


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Old 11-13-2010, 01:59 PM   #3
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Yep, 15/20 for me too. I think the problem is that most of the subjects looks like goons.

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Old 11-13-2010, 02:17 PM   #4
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15/20 too tho I wouldn't have been surprised if it had been much lower.
Was surprised there were = numbers of each type....felt like w/o really documenting that most of my answers were fake.
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17/20. How did that happen
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Old 11-13-2010, 02:31 PM   #6
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17/20. I don't know if this high score was due to my having read the excerpt provided in the original post.
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16/20 for moi
Two of my wrong answers were for females who barely smiled at all.
Trick faces!
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16 for 20 as well. Very influenced by the still before the test.
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15 of 20, though I answered before I "played" based on initial expression for the first 7-8...not very smart I guess.
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Old 11-13-2010, 04:03 PM   #10
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15/20. With one exception, I judged all fake female smiles as genuine. Hmmmm.
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Old 11-13-2010, 04:32 PM   #11
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17/20. It was the young guys that fooled me! I read all the females correctly.
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16 - Maybe, us skewing older has something to do with it.
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14/20 (bummer).

But they are English people!
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A 15 out of 20 for me also. I tried to watch the eyes and the facial lines.
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14 out of 20. I was easily fooled by fake smiles!
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Old 11-13-2010, 05:44 PM   #17
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16 of 20. It's all in the eyes.
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I got 11 out of 20 too! I tend to believe all smiles are real (I don't smile much myself, but I admit some of these people made me laugh out loud).
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I didn't bother with the test. Past experience with facial expressions/eyes/smiles... has confirmed my inability to read such.

That's probably why w*rk was so stressful and why I like the 'net so much.
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18 of 20. I'm surprised I did that well.

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