Why do humans only have 4 facial expressions?

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Although it was accepted across all cultures that there are six basic emotional expressions, new research finds that we actually may just have four.


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We Only Have Four Facial Expressions!


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Key Facts In This Video

  1. It was a common theory that among all humans, there are only six different facial expressions. 00:19

  2. Scrunching one's nose is an indicator for both anger and disgust. 01:51

  3. The details of your facial expressions are largely influenced by your culture. 02:09