Week 8 First Impression Post- Emotion

For this week’s first impression post, I decided to choose option two which was about reading people’s facial expressions in order to determine how they are feeling. I thought the test would be easy and I would get all twenty of them correct with no problem. This was not the case. I only got a fourteen out of twenty; it was a lot harder than I had anticipated it would be. Some of the faces I could definitely tell apart like love and sadness, but when I looked at some of the other faces, some were a lot harder to distinguish. Some were very similar like love and flirtatious. Embarrassment and sadness also looked very similar. Overall, it was just hard to determine how the person was feeling by just looking at their facial expressions. If I would have known the context of the facial expressions and could have spoken to them, it probably would have helped determine their emotion. The test does not seem that credible to me because everyone’s facial expressions can be slightly different for the same emotion. Also, people can feel a certain emotion, but react with a different facial expression depending on the situation that they are in. The test seems like a good idea because being able to identify the emotion behind a person’s facial expressions in everyday life is very important. I just do not know if this test is the best way and most accurate way to decide whether you can correctly identify people’s emotions in everyday life.


2 thoughts on “Week 8 First Impression Post- Emotion”

  1. Alana,
    I thought that the quiz was going to be way easier too! I had similar trouble trying to distinguish between two unpleasant emotions and two pleasant emotions. I believe that this relates to what we learned about the facial muscles we use to express different emotions. As emotions can have very similar facial expressions, such as anger and fear have wide-opened eyes, it is hard to make that the only deciding factor on someone’s mood. In order to truly see a difference among facial expressions, we would need to use a face electromyography, where the sensors hooked up to the muscles on our face would be able to register and analyze certain muscles in the face that move too fast to be seen by the naked eye.

    As for how you stated that everyone expresses emotion differently, I do agree with that statement, but I am unsure if that is true regarding facial expressions. Facial expressions seem to be a pretty universal topic, as people from different cultures can still agree upon what a sad, happy, and angry face look like. However, I do agree that it is very hard to interpret emotions without other nonverbal cues, such as proxemics, kinesics, and paralanguage. Knowing how close the person would stand to you, what type of body movements and eye contact he or she would use, and what type of tone and inflection he or she would use while speaking to you would have made the quiz way easier!

    Overall, great job on your post! Maybe once we study all the materials on emotions, we will be able to get that 20 out of 20!


  2. I also thought that the quiz was going to be super easy. Before taking the quiz, I thought I was pretty good at telling the difference between facial expressions. It turns out I do not know that much about reading people. I also questioned the accuracy of the quiz. Not everyone is going to have the same facial expression for a specific emotion. After learning more about facial expressions, most people do make similar facial expressions but I would not say it is exactly the same. I thought some of the facial expressions represented on the quiz were dramatized. Reading peoples facial expressions definitely comes with practice. To help us interpret emotions, we could analyze people’s nonverbal emotional cues like proxemics, kinesics, and paralanguage. I agree with you that being able to analyze emotion is a good skill to have. We all have to interact with other people and being able to interpret their emotions accurately will definitely be an advantage in everything that we do.


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