Victory or Defeat?

Photos of athletes in their moment of victory or defeat usually show faces contorted with intense emotion. But a new study suggests that people actually don’t use those kinds of extreme facial expressions to judge how a person is feeling.

Instead, surprisingly, people rely on body cues. How good are you? Can you tell which player has just won a point or lost a point in Tennis players below?

Can You Tell Emotion From Faces Alone?

Can You Tell Emotion From Faces Alone? A new study suggests that when people evaluated just facial expressions – without cues from the rest of the body – they couldn’t tell if the face was showing a positive or negative emotion.

Hillel Aviezer, a psychology researcher at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, wanted to see how accurately people can read intense, real-world facial expressions — instead of the standardized, posed images of facial expressions that are usually used in lab tests. Click here to read the full article. Also, you can click here to listen to the article.

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About Stu Dunn

I have three major professional areas in my life: Team Dunn Real Estate (Harcourts Real Estate with my beautiful wife Bridget), SDL (Behavioural Science Consulting) and Qian Li Dao Academy NZ (Wing Chun Kung Fu). Stu & Bridget Dunn Real Estate: Providing awesome service and results through our approachable, professional and effective real estate services. http://stubridget.harcourts.co.nz/ SDL: SDL helps our clients to understand non-verbal communication and to avoid deception. We do this by providing online courses, training and specialist advice in areas of behaviour, emotional analysis and detecting deception. Both my wife Bridget and I are also FACS certified. I have also written an International Best Seller, True Lies; A Guide To Reading Faces, Interpreting Body Language & Detecting Deception In The Real World. www.MicroExpressions.co.nz, www.facebook.com/sdlmicroexpressions & www.StuDunn.com Qian Li Dao Academy NZ (Wing Chun Kung Fu): The Wing Chun System, known for its incredible speed, powerful straight punches & Chi Sao (contact reflex training), relies on angling & body mechanics rather than brute force. www.QianLiDao.co.nz
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5 Responses to Victory or Defeat?

  1. My opinion is: 1, 3 & 6 are winners the others are not.

  2. SDL says:

    Answers: Faces 1, 4 and 6 show losing points, while 2, 3 and 5 are examples of winning points. This was REALLY difficult, which goes to show there’s something in this…

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