Facial expressions around the world

People from different countries and cultures often perceive facial expressions in different ways, it has been demonstrated. Research published in the American Psychological Society's Journal of Experimental Psychology: General showed a person's idea of a happy, sad or angry face can be somewhat unique to where they live.

Rachael Jack, a post-doctoral research assistant at the University of Glasgow, explained that East Asians and Western Caucasians think differently with regard to the facial features they believe signifies a happy or angry person.

Investigators used statistical image processing techniques to look at how people perceive expressions through mental representations of their own.

As part of the study, it was showed that Chinese individuals often rely on the eyes, while Westerners place greater emphasis on the eyebrows and mouth.

"Our findings highlight the importance of understanding cultural differences in communication, which is particularly relevant in our increasingly connected world," Ms Jack stated.

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