Humans Instinctively Know How And When To Smile

In 2004, Dr. David Matsumoto attended both the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games. By comparing the facial expressions of blind and sighted athletes, he concluded that certain facial expressions appear to be innate in humans, rather than visually learned. Athletes who were born blind displayed the same kinds of expressions as sighted ones, including joyful smiles when they won and disappointed frowns when they lost.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Emoticons play the role of facial expressions in emails so that recipients have a better understanding of the message's tone. 00:36

  2. Both blind athletes and sighted athletes display similar facial expressions when they win or lose a game. 01:42

  3. Research suggests that facial expressions are built into our genetic programming. 02:10

Written by Curiosity Staff June 30, 2015

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