Twenty-two emotions are written on our faces

Twenty-two emotions are written on our faces

People’s features express more feelings than scientists thought

By Meghan Rosen, 12:57 PM March 31, 2014

Human faces just got a lot more emotional.


People can broadcast more than three times as many different feelings on their faces as scientists once suspected. For years, scientists have thought that people could convey only happiness, surprise, sadness, anger, fear and disgust.


“I thought it was very odd to have only one positive emotion,” says cognitive scientist Aleix Martinez of Ohio State University in Columbus.


So he and colleagues came up with 16 combined ones, such as “happily disgusted...

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