Study: Humans Have 21 Facial Expressions
Some of them are weird, like 'happily disgusted'
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Posted Apr 2, 2014 10:04 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A new study finds that humans have many facial expressions—21, to be exact—that can convey distinct emotions such as "happily surprised," "fearfully angry," "angrily surprised," and even "happily disgusted." To observe emotions, the authors told 230 college students a series of statements, such as "You just got some great unexpected news," or "You smell a bad odor." Next, the researchers used the Facial Action Coding System, which was developed in 1978, to codify the 5,000 images of facial expressions and identify those strange combinations.

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Common Science
Apr 3, 2014 9:54 PM CDT
Classical animators had been pulling viewers in with their astute personal studies/drawings of human expression, over seventy-five years ago. One sign of a skilled animator could be revealed in a single scene, where a drawn character alluded to the expression of five different emotions.
Bob_in_NH
Apr 3, 2014 4:17 PM CDT
they forgot my "Oh" face, as in "Oh, Oh, oh, I'm going to..."
WallyEFunk
Apr 3, 2014 2:48 AM CDT
Where is the two faced one ?