Fake Smile and Real Smile. See how are you determining it?

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I always pay attention with someone’s smile, I think for business purpose, meet the client or make conversation with the stranger are the most important purpose why do I have to explore this things. Based on serial that I’m really interested with, Lie to Me (I swear it’s Lightman, not Korean Drama, hffft), I start to find Father of facial expressions and emotions, Paul Ekman.

Sore tadi, saya menemukan kuis (dasar ratu kuis!!) yang seru di website BBC yang memang saya sengajakan cari. Simple quiz, saya hanya harus menebak dari 20 wajah yang nanti diputar dalam bentuk video, dan tentukan mana yang senyum palsu atau senyum tulus. Kuis yang seru!!!

Pertama kali kita harus menentukan seberapa tinggi keyakinan kita dapat menjawab pertanyaan – pertanyaan tersebut, pedenya, saya menuliskan ekspektasi saya di level kedua tertinggi. Bukan sembarang meng-klik, namun saya sudah cukup terbiasa belajar dari orang sekitar untuk menentukan senyum – senyum mereka.


Cara kerja kuis ini:

  • This experiment is designed to test whether you can spot the difference between a fake smile and a real one
  • It has 20 questions and should take you 10 minutes
  • It is based on research by Professor Paul Ekman, a psychologist at the University of California
  • Each video clip will take approximately 15 seconds to load on a 56k modem and you can only play each smile once.

Lalu satu per satu muncullah orang dengan warna kulit, bentuk muka, ras berbeda dengan senyumnya yang hanya bisa diputar sekali. Lalu tentukan apakah senyum tersebut palsu atau asli.

Setelah 20 pertanyaan terakhir, muncul pertanyaan pada bagian wajah mana yang bisa menentukan jenis senyum tersebut adalah tulus atau palsu. Saya menjawab: mata.

So, here’s my result.

You got 15 out of 20 correct


Lovely, I satisfied with the result!!

Most people are surprisingly bad at spotting fake smiles. One possible explanation for this is that it may be easier for people to get along if they don’t always know what others are really feeling.

Although fake smiles often look very similar to genuine smiles, they are actually slightly different, because they are brought about by different muscles, which are controlled by different parts of the brain.

Fake smiles can be performed at will, because the brain signals that create them come from the conscious part of the brain and prompt the zygomaticus major muscles in the cheeks to contract. These are the muscles that pull the corners of the mouth outwards.

Genuine smiles, on the other hand, are generated by the unconscious brain, so are automatic. When people feel pleasure, signals pass through the part of the brain that processes emotion. As well as making the mouth muscles move, the muscles that raise the cheeks – the orbicularis oculi and the pars orbitalis – also contract, making the eyes crease up, and the eyebrows dip slightly.

Lines around the eyes do sometimes appear in intense fake smiles, and the cheeks may bunch up, making it look as if the eyes are contracting and the smile is genuine. But there are a few key signs that distinguish these smiles from real ones. For example, when a smile is genuine, the eye cover fold – the fleshy part of the eye between the eyebrow and the eyelid – moves downwards and the end of the eyebrows dip slightly.

Scientists distinguish between genuine and fake smiles by using a coding system called the Facial Action Coding System (FACS), which was devised by Professor Paul Ekman of the University of California and Dr Wallace V. Friesen of the University of Kentucky.


Get your score here, and pay more attention with someone’s smile!! —>  BBC Quiz: Smile

Click here also for video Fake the Smile from NatGeo –> Video of the Day: Can You Spot the Fake Smile?

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