Face expert’s ability to see deception has him in demand

Paul Ekman, a retired psychologist, 71, is known around the world for his research on facial expressions and for his ability to carefully monitor expressions, body language, gestures and voice.

He has analyzed 42 facial muscles that can produce more than 10,000 expressions. He has found that seven basic emotions — anger, contempt, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness and surprise — have clear facial signals. He has coined the term “micro-expressions” to describe ultra-quick facial movements that signal underlying emotions. Though barely noticeable, these expressions are key to determining whether someone is lying.

That ability to detect deception — whether in a cheating spouse or a suspected terrorist — has Ekman in demand these days. As security becomes an everyday concern in American society, Ekman, who spent more than 40 years at the University of California Medical School in San Francisco, is teaching his skills to security professionals, including those at federal agencies in Washington, D.C.

 


Comments


View Comments / Leave a Comment

This post currently has 1 comments.
You can read the comments or leave your own thoughts.


    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 21 Jul 2005
    Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.

APA Reference
Grohol, J. (2005). Face expert’s ability to see deception has him in demand. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 28, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2005/07/21/face-experts-ability-to-see-deception-has-him-in-demand/

 

Recent Comments
  • Radar O'Riley: I received a survey in the mail from Maritz Research in regard to a 2015 Chevrolet Volt that I...
  • vermilion: each time you think of something deprecating about yourself , smile at yourself
  • stiglet: Help… I have been in a relationship with a man for 4 months. It has been very on and off throughout...
  • Mimi: woow this is awesome exactly what i needed
  • Suosy: I have been saying to many Mps and councillors for a few years now that mental health needs to be bought into...
Subscribe to Our Weekly Newsletter


Find a Therapist
Enter ZIP or postal code



Users Online: 10460
Join Us Now!