Study: Facial expressions perceived differently

September 5, 2011 8:09:24 PM PDT
A new study finds people from different cultures perceive some facial expressions differently which could cause misunderstandings.

Researchers from the University of Glasgow in Scotland asked Chinese and Caucasian volunteers to look at a variety of expressions and decide what emotion the person was feeling. They found significant differences when it came to emotions such as anger, disgust, and surprise.

Experts say Chinese participants rely more on the eyes to express emotion, while Caucasians rely on the eyebrows and mouth. They say the findings highlight the importance of understanding cultural differences when communicating.

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