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National Smiles [article]

  1. Dec 16, 2005 #1

    hypnagogue

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/11/m...90&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss&REG_SITES_SUCK
     
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  3. Dec 21, 2005 #2

    Lisa!

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    Interesting! But I don't think Cruise has a terrific American smile; at least not in that picture!
     
  4. Dec 21, 2005 #3
    I'm seeing too much Tom lately....
    This research is interesting because I thought that there weren't supposed to be many differences in how cultures expressed emotions. But I suppose the way we smile could be as much of a cultural practice as personal space and rates of eye contact in some societies. Funny how little quirks like that pop up in human culture.
     
  5. Dec 22, 2005 #4

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    Not very surprising for me though! For me somehow it's like postures and gestures which have different meaning in different cultures. Thye're realated to our emotions too.
     
  6. Dec 22, 2005 #5

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    I hope this didnt cost any money....
     
  7. Dec 22, 2005 #6

    Lisa!

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    :rofl:
    The research?
     
  8. Dec 25, 2005 #7

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    Can you Spot the Fake Smile? I just happened to run across this test the other day. I wonder if the explanation they give for how real smiles differ from fake ones holds across cultures.
     
  9. Dec 25, 2005 #8

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    wow that is pretty cool. I only got 8 right haha
     
  10. Dec 25, 2005 #9

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    I got 15/20 the first time. :tongue2: I just took it again so I could get the explanation -- not much improvement: 16/20.

    You might want to take the test before reading further.

    I realized after the first couple smiles and a little reflection that looking at the eyes seemed most helpful, though I wasn't sure why.
     
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2005
  11. Dec 25, 2005 #10

    Lisa!

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    If you ask me, all of them are fake!:tongue:
    Anyway I got 12/20!:redface:
     
  12. Dec 26, 2005 #11

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    17/20.

    I was watching TV last night, and I noticed some guys (I think they were British, but not 100% sure) doing both "British" and "American" smiles, so I'm not sure I like this theory much.
     
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