What is a Facial Expression?

What is a Facial Expression?

The positions or motions of muscles located underneath the facial skin is described as facial expression. The emotional state of an individual is made apparent to observers through movement of these muscles. A facial expression is a type of non-verbal communication.

Facial expressions play an important role in sign language. This language include expressions in its phraseology to communicate effectively.

Eye Contact

Eyes play a major role in facial expressions. Factors like the blinking rate can show whether the individual is lying or is telling the truth. Nervousness is also displayed. Eye contact is also an important part of communication. However, differences in culture may affect the understanding of eye contact.

The eye of a person reveals his or her true feelings. Blink rates reveal a person’s nervousness. Stress levels are directly correlated with a person’s blink rates. Eye contact in certain cultures can signal competitiveness. Lowering of eyes in some cultures signifies respect. However, in Western societies, lack of the same eye contact means the individual lacks self-confidence.

Universality Hypothesis

The universality hypothesis of facial expressions assume that certain expressions are common across different cultures. Examples of universality include sadness, anger, happiness, disgust, surprise and fear. This hypothesis is both supported and criticized by psychologists.

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