Why did the Mona Lisa become one of the most famous paintings of all time? That's a question an incredible amount of people have asked themselves in the past. And one possible answer is this: because of her unique smile. The smile is is the "the symbol that was rated with the highest positive emotional content" concludes scientist Andrew Newberg.
What is your body language telling others about you? Last week I wrote about how to read other people (you can check that out here.) But being able to evaluate other people's body language just ain't real helpful if you're sending off all the wrong signals yourself.
As they hovered over their victims, knives at the ready, Carney Landis issued his instructions. The beheading was ready to commence. It was 1924 and this particularly sadistic grad student had lured an assortment of fellow pupils, teachers and psychology patients - including a 13-year-old boy - into a room at the University of Minnesota.
Duchenne was interested in the mechanics of facial expressions, including how the muscles of the face contract to produce a smile.
The Duchenne‘ smile is long and intense, though it involves the contraction of just two muscles. First the zygomatic major, which resides in the cheek, tugs at the corners of the mouth, then the orbicularis oculi, which surrounds the eye, pulls up the cheeks, leading to the characteristic ‘twinkling eyes’.