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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

How good are you at reading emotion?

I found this experiment at Very Small Doses.

The experiment is designed to test whether you can spot the difference between a fake and real smile. The premise behind the research is that most people are not good at distinguishing between fake and real smiles. Although I only got 16 out of 20 right, I'm very good at distinguishing fakeness from genuineness in people. I have to tell you, it feels like a curse at times because the average person is not genuine and it often becomes uncomfortable to maintain the front. J. Marcus got 11 out of 20 right, what about you; can you distinguish between a fake and real smile?

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