Experts at the University of La Laguna have conducted studies on the ability for people to identify a fake smile when they see one. At some point, we've all had to fake a smile, whether it was for a job interview, or a shameful approach to parents. How convincing was that smile in reality?
The University of La Laguna is an institute in the Canary Islands . I'm not really fond of there being a huge educational movement in such a touristy location, but I guess these islands have hidden treasures amongst them. It makes sense to study smiles, because the honeymoons and vacations that take place in this tropical wonderland are likely full of happy faces, and shining eyes. Though not a prevalent American research school, Science Daily chose to include their relevant study in THIS ARTICLE .
When creating friendships or telling jokes, and sharing moments, a true smile is the most desirable display to receive. It's interesting that people use the smile in so many other emotions. When hiding embarrassment, nervousness, pain, anger, sadness and more, happiness is the true power to keep moving forward.
Ambiguously fake smiles convince people of happiness because the smile itself is distracting enough to take attention away from the shine in the eyes. People with social anxiety seemed to find expressions on a computer with unhappy eyes more often than people who were socially comfortable. I guess if one is more conscientious and worried about emotions, they would be more perceptive in reading them.
At Penn State, there are so many clubs and so much interaction amongst students, faculty and recruiters. A smile is necessary to move forward. Whether fake or not, people may not be too concerned, because the activity in the brain that's associated with smiles shoots neurons out before it starts to process anything else. That gut feeling we get may be biased by a smile, but should we become socially anxious about that fact or wait for something more substantial to judge a moment on?
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