Friday, 19 August 2005

SmileyHow hard is it really to tell a real smile from a fake one?

On the BBK web site, you can take a quiz to check your skills of perception when it comes to checking facial expression honesty.

You might be surprised how many you'll miss. How can you tell if a smile is real or fake? What do you look for?

  • This experiment is designed to test whether you can spot the difference between a fake smile and a real one
  • It has 20 questions and should take you 10 minutes
  • It is based on research by Professor Paul Ekman, a psychologist at the University of California
  • Each video clip will take approximately 15 seconds to load on a 56k modem and you can only play each smile once

My score: 16 out of 20.


Take the "Spot the Fake Smile" quiz here.

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Friday, 19 August 2005 03:04:06 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Saturday, 20 August 2005 00:03:00 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
15 out of 20, 4 mins. Hm.
Scott Hanselman
Saturday, 20 August 2005 04:31:03 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
15/20 as well.
Sunday, 21 August 2005 20:01:51 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
16/20 here.
carlos granier
Saturday, 27 August 2005 15:46:50 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
People can't be Perfect!

Fake Smiles may be a humane way of attempting to put others at ease - when you are not feeling that great

It also may be a way of covering up your feelings - so as not to be an open wound in an uncomfortable situation

People are just not that one-dimensional as "Real or Fake Smile"
Monday, 29 August 2005 15:23:25 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
To the last commentator: I read your reply and I had to write a comment myself...I think this quiz was designed to see how well one can spot a fake smile--not necessarily whether people are perfect or one-dimensional. I actually think this was designed in a way to make one think...Actually, I thought it was pretty darn funny trying to guess..Did u take the quiz? What was your score? p.s. Don't take life so serious! LOL
Mary Beth =)
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