Not surprisingly, when we consider how much arts and culture depend on that. Most of us wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the expression of human emotions is universal. But today there is a study for everything and 16 “universal human emotional expressions” have been identified:
Whether at a birthday party in Brazil, a funeral in Kenya or protests in Hong Kong, humans all use variations of the same facial expressions in similar social contexts, such as smiles, frowns, grimaces and scowls, a new study from the University of California, Berkeley, shows…
Researchers at UC Berkeley and Google used machine-learning technology known as a “deep neural network” to analyze facial expressions in some 6 million video clips uploaded to YouTube from people in 144 countries spanning North, Central and South America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. – UC Berkeley, “The 16 Facial Expressions Most Common to Emotional Situations Worldwide” at Neuroscience News
While such findings are reassuring, they shouldn’t be a big surprise. After all, we all have the same basic physical equipment with which to express genuine emotion.
What about fake emotion? One interesting fact is that, when actors are required to portray an emotional scene in a play, they are encouraged to remember a time in their own lives when they experienced a similar emotion. …News, “Study: The expression of human emotions is universal” at Mind Matters News