It’s Written All Over Your Face

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Before humans could write we spoke. But even before we spoke one word our faces were telling our stories. And still today humans, whether in highly saturated media cultures or in remote villages, can identify universal expressions of emotion. This recent article on details new research led by Daniel Cordaro, a psychologist at the University of California at Berkeley and Yale University. He challenged the view scientists have held for decades that there are just six basic human emotional expressions, all revealed in the face — happiness, sadness, disgust, fear, anger and surprise. Cordaro’s research identified 21 distinct emotion categories. Whatever number researchers land on, I imagine each one of us has experienced that moment when the expression on our face “gave us away.”

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