When a smile isn't a smile

08/14/2009 | ScientificAmerican.com

As if the language barrier weren't enough, research shows facial expressions are perceived differently in Asia than in the West. Scientists at the University of Glasgow in Scotland found that East Asian research subjects tended to misinterpret common Western expressions. The reason for the confusion, researchers say, is that Westerners tend to use their entire face to convey emotion, but Asians typically focus only on the other person's eyes.

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