A new facial expression has joined the great variety of expressions. The researchers from Ohio State University have identified a new facial expression which is already used in English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and American Sign Language.
Facial expressions help us to show diverse emotions easily without saying a word and connecting the humans as a species, regardless of the differences in cultures and geographical boundaries we all encounter. Not Face (as dubbed by the researchers) is used more than you think and shows the negative emotions of your mind. It serves as a universal sign for stating a person’s anger, disgust and contempt upon a matter.
Not Face consists of a furrowed brow with pressed lips and heightened chin, similar to a lazy frown. There is no limit of any country on the new facial expression and it is universal, used sometimes for signaling ‘Not’ instead of saying it. The researchers firmly believe that the expression of disapproval or disagreement can be easily identified among all the facial expressions worldwide.
The team of researchers has identified the new facial expression by recruited about 158 students from the State of Ohio, who spoke English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and American Sign Language. All the students were filmed during a random conversation with the individual behind the camera in the language that was regional and native to them.
During the conversation, the candidates were asked disagreeable questions and responses were recorded also, they were recited negative sentences to bring up the emotion. They went back through the footage and studied changes in the facial expression of each person on disagreement. Later, an algorithm was used in order to find similarities present in their facial expressions.
The study has given a deeper insight in understanding facial expressions and how they change according to different languages.