December 29, Facial expressions of emotion are hardwired into our genes, according to a study published today in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The research suggests that facial expressions of emotion are innate rather than a product of cultural learning. The study is the first of its kind to demonstrate that sighted and blind individuals use the same facial expressions, producing the same facial muscle movements in response to specific emotional stimuli. The study also provides new insight into how humans manage emotional displays according to social context, suggesting that the ability to regulate emotional expressions is not learned through observation.
Facial Expressions in Nonverbal Communication: Importance & Explanation
Study: Facial expressions of emotion are innate, not learned
Body language refers to the nonverbal signals that we use to communicate. According to experts, these nonverbal signals make up a huge part of daily communication. It has been suggested that body language may account for between 60 percent to 65 percent of all communication. In many cases, you should look at signals as a group rather than focusing on a single action. Think for a moment about how much a person is able to convey with just a facial expression. A smile can indicate approval or happiness. A frown can signal disapproval or unhappiness.
Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course. Log in or Sign up. He was one of the best poker players in his country because of one discernible skill--his ability to read other players' facial expressions. Leo could tell if an opponent had a good or poor hand--and sometimes exactly what hand he or she had-- just by looking at his or her facial expression.
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