Fix ya face.

Author:Courteau, Darcy
Position:WORKS IN PROGRESS - Brief article
 
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Emotions, we imagine, are private, visceral, and uncultivated. "Bull," says theoretical neuroscientist Mark Changizi-or rather, emotional expression is "bull," the carefully measured fluff we display for others. Author of three books focusing on why rather than how humans are structured to see color or, say, listen to music, Changizi will argue in his next study, "Making Faces," that facial expressions primarily function to demonstrate status within a group.

"There are six basic emotions," says Changizi, director of human cognition at the nonprofit 2AI Labs in Boise, Idaho; each has an opposite. Happiness and surprise convey straightforward information, but anger and sadness show emoters' estimation of their own strength or weakness. For instance, the scowl on a traffic court official may not be a symptom of his inner rage, but rather a way he shows his relative strength as well as the degree of respect he expects. On the opposite end of the spectrum, crying...

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