April 17, 2012 |
If you were to travel anywhere in the globe -- even to visit remote tribes who have scant contact with the larger world -- would people be able to read your emotions from your facial expressions (happiness, sadness, disgust, etc.) and would you be able to read theirs? In other words, do people smile when they're happy, wrinkle their noses when disgusted, the world over? Scientists have long thought so, but authors of a new study challenge the idea. Charles Darwin argued in “The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals” that basic facial expressions are universal -- implying that are hard-wired within us, the product of natural selection.
June 28, 2003 |
The human ability to look people in the eye and tell if they're lying may have evolved from our primate ancestors, suggests a study published in the current issue of the journal Nature. A threatening bark or a friendly coo is often enough to allow monkeys to determine the meaning of such calls but -- like humans -- sound alone doesn't seem to be the only clue monkeys use to discover the implications behind these auditory expressions.
December 5, 1997 |
What started Siu Wa Tang wondering was the incident in Changchun, China, two years ago. Tang, chairman of the UC Irvine department of psychiatry, was visiting pharmaceutical factories, and the Chinese plant managers greeted him with courtesy. But they took an instant dislike to his colleague, a young American academic who seemingly had done nothing to offend. What angered the Chinese? Tang thinks he knows now. It was probably just the look on his face.
January 5, 2010 |
The box-office phenomenon "Avatar" has become well known for its technological advancements and visual triumphs -- it creates a photo-realistic universe where the alien creatures seem to live and breathe, its immersive 3-D somehow making viewers forget that they're watching images on a screen. So, how exactly did director James Cameron perform this feat and create a watershed moment in cinematic evolution? It took more than 3,000 people and 10,000 computers roughly 4 1/2 years to create Pandora, the verdant planet that is the setting for the science fiction-adventure film, and its 10-foot-tall blue-skinned inhabitants known as the Na'vi.
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January 29, 2011 |
Charlie Callas, the veteran comedian who punctuated his zany, character-oriented comedy routines with a bizarre array of facial expressions and sound effects, has died. He was 83. Callas, a resident of Las Vegas, died Thursday evening of natural causes in a hospice, said his son Mark. A former drummer for the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and other big bands who switched to comedy in the mid-1960s, Callas once described himself as being "like a little kid running loose in the living room.
October 23, 2006 |
THAT signature family expression of joy or hangdog remorse may be more than a matter of monkey see, monkey do. It may be hard-wired into our brains. By comparing the videotaped facial responses of 21 people born blind with those of their family members, researchers at the University of Haifa in Israel found similarities in expressions of concentration, sadness, anger, disgust, joy and surprise.