Can you spot a fake smile? | How About Orange

February 29, 2008

Can you spot a fake smile?

This has nothing to do with design, but I was fascinated anyhow. Think you can tell when someone's smile is forced? Take a quiz, brought to you by the BBC, and find out. Watch little movies of 20 individuals smiling and judge whether they're faking it. I got 11 out of 20 right. That's an F.

69 comments:

Jan said...

I got 15 of twenty. This was very interesting.

Carole said...

This was fun. I got 15 out of 20. Not too bad, I guess. I found your blog through Today's Creative Blog. I love it. Really. I am a stay at home mom who is always dreaming of finding time to actually be creative. Your tutorials and artwork are very inspiring.

kristin said...

wow - I got 18 of them correct...It's all in the eyes, I tell ya.

Jess said...

That's what I thought too, but obviously it didn't work for me. :)

Jen said...

Ug! I got six out of twenty! I think that's an F minus.

hannah said...

Hmmm, I got 18 out of 20... it is all in the eyes :)

BB said...

15 of 20

LeeAnn said...

11 out of 20. I don't think we should work for the FBI. :)

Grandma G said...

11 here, too.

Mum

Rosie&James said...

17 of 20- I look for the eyes, but also there is a muscle under the eyes that constricts, usually raising the cheeks a little...

My husband says girls are better at spotting that type of thing but I couldn't test it since he's shaving and didn't want to take the test!

Queen Bee said...

That was interesting, I turned out to be better than I thought I would be (17 right) :)It's definitely something in the eyes!

Bela said...

I haven't done the test yet, but, as Kristin says, it's all in the eyes. If the smile doesn't reach the eyes it's fake.

The BBC broadcasts lots of programmes about that kind of thing.

Bela said...

PS. Done it now. Got 17 out of 20. The blah blah at the end explains it very well. And it is to do with the eyes.

Casey said...

I got 12, I am SO good lol

Anonymous said...

I went on and took their "sexId Profile" quiz as well. Apparently I (female) am 25% on the side of man "brain". Who knew? I told my boyfriend and he did not believe me. I am curious for him to take it next. We may have to rearrange our pants.

BreeLeeD said...

I got 16 out of 20. Not too bad.

Courtney said...

18 out of 20. I realized after taking the test that it was created by Paul Ekman... whose book "Emotions Revealed" I've read. I guess it helped!

Melissa Lewis said...

That's a pretty fun quiz. I got 18 too. Thanks for the entertainment and enlightenment!

Brie said...

oh dear... only got a 10!

kimbab.sarang said...

That was so neat! I got 13/20. I'm taking a psychology class right now and this clicked with some behavior and cognition notes that we had a lecture on just a few weeks ago! How exciting (:

Caro said...

Definately in the eyes, am very proud got 19!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Cool! I got 18 / 20 and I looked at the eyes and nothing else...now I just have to do this in real life!! :o)

ALEX said...

whaooo i got 20 out of 20..it is definately all about the eyes, that is the only place i looked..so beware the eyes!! i love your blog!

Kate said...

What fun, didn't think I would be as accurate as I was...I got 19. Will pass this one on!

Marmadaisy said...

18/20 - I agree it's the eyes you need to watch. Interesting.

Liz Ness said...

I got 14 out of 20. This is way better than I expected.

the aesthetic onion said...

I got 13 out of 20, then after I read the end, I went back and got 18 out of 20.

Anonymous said...

19 out of 20. kristin is right, it is all in the eyes. That was pretty funny, because I found myself getting nervous that I would get the questions wrong.

My said...

I got 16 out of 20. This was very interesting to say the least. I definitely agree that there is something in the eyes.

Lil D said...

17 / 20 - the ones I missed were the ones that I wasn't certain about, too. Hmm - does this mean I SHOULD work for the FBI? I AM already well-versed in interrogation (getting info from my husband is like getting blood from a stone...).

willikat said...

17 of 20 for me!! fun! thanks for the link.

Lisa said...

I got 16 right. Although, if the test was "is this a man or a woman", I might have done worse. Or... is this a human...

Just my two cents.

Sarah said...

17/20.

You must be to eager to find the best in people. I on the other hand must be a hardass that doesn't care if I get along with others.

Jess said...

Sarah, I like your generous interpretation. I had been thinking maybe I am just dumb? Optimistic sounds better than stupid, though, so I like your take on it much better :) And Lisa... um, yeah. I didn't want to comment on that, but I'm so on your wavelength. :) You crack me up.

Anonymous said...

Hi! That was fun! I got 16 out of 20 correct. Is that a C? B? Thanks for sharing! Ann

Anonymous said...

Great quiz. I got 18 out of 20. I am familiar with Elkman's amazing research into "micro expressions" but haven't read his books yet. I got every single fake smile right. I was fooled by some of the more subtle real smiles.

Renee said...

I got 19 - I agree it's in the eyes; also the shoulders often rise up like when laughing in the real ones

Tina said...

I liked that. I got 16 out of 20.

Hurrayic said...

Got 17 out of 20 correct...I agree with Kristin - I wasn't even looking at the mouth, just the eyes.

A Mrs. To-Be. said...

Haha, I agree with Lisa on the "Man or Woman" part, some of those people were a little creepy!


Anyway, 17 out of 20 which is better then I expected. It's all in the eyes, of course, what a fun test!

monda-loves said...

15/20 for me

I think the trick is not to hesitate too much and go with your gut instinct - also don't so it whilst you are distracted, I got a call from my mum half way through and I think it shows in the results!

Thanks for sharing. This was fun!
Monda
x

angela said...

I got a 19/20. It's true - it's all in the eyes, although I wasn't fixated on them when choosing my answer. At some point, I found myself glazing over the videos and answered based on my instinct instead. I guess some of us are better wired to pick up micro signals naturally. My boyfriend scored 9/20. I'm a sociologist by training and he's a physicist. Wonder if this played a part... or perhaps the age-old man-woman difference.

Sherry said...

Very cool! I got 18 out of 20.

Emily Claire said...

I got 11/20. My boyfriend got 19/20.

I took a pyschology test where they said that introverts are better at recognizing projected facial expression, and extroverts are better at projecting facial expression. Just a thought!

I really love your blog, my fellow Chicagoan.

Leanne said...

18 out of 20. better than i expected! it is definitely all in the eyes.

love your blog jessica!

Erin said...

This was interesting! I got 17/20 and my attitude was that I had better get most of them right because I am so interested in social psychology. My cues were a mouth/eye combo.
As always, I love your blog!

Anina said...

Wow! I got 19 out of 20!

reinaswan said...

Wow I got 12/20. I was using the smile lines to try and figure it out.

Pink Lemonade Boutique Bags said...

I got 18/20...looks like I am in good company! I looked at the eyes and the cheeks.

SmilynStef said...

15 of 20 for me ... lots of fun.

Pina said...

I got 14 right. Not too bad, I think.

suzanne b. said...

I only got 12 out of 20. Yet I felt very smug going into it.

Where did you put yourself on the optimist/pessimistic continuum, Jessica? I was over towards optimist. So I guess I just think everybody is really smiling all the time. :D

Suzi said...

I got 13 right and recognised one of the faces as some one I used to work with :-)

Thanks for sharing!

Suzi

JSchwa said...

15/20 for me. I thought it had something to do with the eyes "the eyes have it" and it did. Interesting quiz!

vlijtig said...

Well, I'm not good at this. 10/20. I tried to look at the eyes, but didn't work for me.
Like the test any way.

Amy said...

That's really interesting! I got 17 out of 20 right.

hmmm...

-Amy

http://craftingbycandlelight.blogspot.com

Jess said...

Suzi, that's crazy! Wow. Vlijtig, you and me both. I think all these other people cheated.

Jess said...

Suzanne B, I was over toward the optimist side, for sure.

Jubilee Furniture - Susan said...

Oh my goodness! What fun! I laughed out loud when I read Lisa's comment. So true! I got 19/20 - didn't think I'd do that well.

Jess - always enjoyable to stop by your blog!

:-) (real smile!)

charli said...

15 outta 20 baby!

courtney said...

18 out of 20. It's they eyes, and the look after they smile that gives them away.

Jen W said...

18 out of twenty! Hidden talent I didn't know I had.

Kimberly said...

I got 18...and this was so fun and interesting....I'm glad I found your fun blog while blogging around tonight! :)))
Loves,
K

T-Bit said...

I'm sort of feeling like a rock star right now...19 of 20 (and the one I missed I was really torn on!)

zobars said...

I got 17 out of 20 that's not bad. Anyways good to read your blog after so long.

bonnitas said...

20/20!

Well, I worked as a sales specialist for several years...obviously I learned something out there! :)

Suzu said...

I got 17 out of 20 :D And yes, I agree with Kristin. You have to watch their eyes.

Anonymous said...

This was really cool. I got a 19 out of 20...I like smiling...what can I say :)

McKayla said...

Yay! 19/20 :)

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