5 minute lesson
In the quest for finding the universals of human nature, perhaps we need to look no further than the face staring back at us in the mirror. Our emotions may connect us all!
In the 1960’s, psychologist Paul Ekman began to study facial expression and emotion in humans, and his work shed light on what was common about our emotions. So, does your face of surprise or happiness translate the same to anyone around the globe? Let’s see.
Sometimes we have to remember these places where we are the same.
Your face of frustration is the same as the person next to you. Their huge smile and yours express the same feelings of joy. We are capable of speaking these same languages, and now we are better equipped to listen—or in this case, watch.
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“Are There Universal Expressions of Emotion? – Sophie Zadeh.” YouTube. TED-Ed, 03 July 2018. Web. 12 July 2018. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hr58Yu0yDs>.