Chapter 10 Impression: option 2

Before I took the test I was confident that I would get most of them right. I was always the friend in my group that people went to when they needed advice or were upset and needed someone to listen. I was surprised to see that I only got a 14 out of 20 as my result. I had the most trouble distinguishing fear and surprise, because the facial cues are very similar. Another one I had difficulty distinguishing between were shame and guilt. I think this test shows how easy it is to misread someone. They could be feeling one way and you could assume they are feeling another way if you are not paying closing attention to detail. This could cause miscommunication. I also think this taught me some new tips for reading someone’s facial expressions.

I do not think this test is totally credible. I think it is harder to tell from a still shot picture how a person is feeling than it would be if you were in person with them. It is also only 20 questions long, I feel with more questions it would become more accurate because I was able to use process of elimination on some of the questions. Because I was able to use process of elimination, it blurred how well I was actually interpreting the facial expressions in the pictures. Overall, I think I am better at reading a persons emotion then the test had reported. I will be able to use my learned tips on facial hints in the future.

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6 thoughts on “Chapter 10 Impression: option 2

  1. I agree with you, with the statement of how the test does a good job at showing that is hard to distinguish some facial cues from another and it also does a good job at showing how easy it is to misread someone’s face when they are showing emotions. I like how you bring up the point how this misreading of the face can cause miscommunication. This miscommunication can cause big issues to arise, or even arguments between people. This makes me think of the small test we did in class, when Ian asked us to determine the real smile from the fake smile. It was easy to determine happiness because of the eyes, and not necessarily the mouth, however, it could be more difficult with a different emotion. This is because different emotions show different facial cues to help us determine the true emotion trying to seep through the skin. When determining the emotions of someone just from their face, we are using their behavioral components to decide if he/she is happy, sad, mad, or fearful.
    In my post, I also said that the post was not fully credible, but I could not pinpoint a reason as to why. But now that you mention how it is hard to tell a still picture from the actual live face, I totally agree. One would probably be more capable of determining someone’s emotion better if they can see it in person. This allows the person doing the reading to see all body language involved, which in the long run, could help when trying to decide if someone is feeling shameful or shy for example.

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  2. I also chose to take the emotion quiz for this week’s first impression. My thinking was that I could get a fairly high score of the quiz. When in fact I got a twelve out of twenty. It’s great you were able to get a fourteen out of twenty on the quiz, I think that would put you a little above average. You are right though in saying how its hard to tell emotion from a still shot. If there was more interaction in the quiz I think people would have a higher score. I also believe if you keep taking the quiz you will get better at detecting different behavioral displays of emotion. It would be nice to see a test with more nonverbal emotions such as ways people move, eye contact, and closeness to another person. But I do indeed agree with you that everyone is probably better at reading emotions then what this quiz conveys to us.

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  3. Carly,
    I also took this test and was shocked when I received the same score as you. Some of the emotions were very difficult to tell apart. It is very interesting how behavioral displays of emotion in the form of facial expressions are very accurate because they are hard to fake. I understand where you are coming from when you question the credibility of this test. There are many other cues to be taken into consideration when trying to understand someone’s emotion, so a still photo probably is not the most accurate way to measure this. You can look at someone’s proxemics, distance between them and who they are interacting with, their body movements or gestures, kinesics, or their paralanguage, or vocal cues. Also, you could measure a person’s emotions not just by their behavioral displays, but you can also measure them by psychophysiological reactions which would include a face electromyography, heart rate, skin conductance, and their startle reflex. If you want, you can also measure your own emotions by doing a self-report and checking in with yourself!

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  4. Hey Carly!
    I also decided to take this test and came to the same conclusions you did. I noticed as well that there were a few emotions that were hard to tell apart. This is probably because they both have similar characteristics that are associated with each emotion. This reminds me of the test we did in class. We learned that there are many differences between a true smile and a fake smile. An individual portraying a true smile, or Duchenne smile, squints their eyes, pulls the corners of their mouth up, and also shows a small head tilt. Someone who is portraying a fake smile has a straight posture, no squints in the eyes, and a straighter smile. I like the part where you stated that the test showed how easy it was to misread someone and how that can lead to miscommunication. A better way to determine emotion would be psychophysiological reactions such as heart rate, breathing rate, amount of perspiration, and startle reflex. These are better at determining emotion than facial expressions because psychophysiological reactions can be faked, while people can easily fake facial expressions. Overall, I think you did a great job at analyzing the test!

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  5. Carly,
    Although I did not write a first impression post on this topic, I did take the test and was surprised to see that I scored barely higher than you (16/20). I too am generally good at reading those close to me and am usually the one that my friends come to talk to because I can often tell if there is a problem. Like you said, I think that this test could be more accurate if it, for example, showed a flash of a face morphing into a certain emotion rather than a still, dry shot. I think it would be easier for us to process the emotion on the face of the model if we saw the process of how it got to be there. Regardless of how valid this test is in judging our emotional perception, I think a more accurate model of judging emotion would be to hook the person up to sensors that might measure heart rate, body temperature, and breathing rate. Overall, I agree with everything you said and I think you did a great job in looking at the test in a broader spectrum and taking different aspects into account.

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  6. I understand how you could easily mix up emotions like fear and surprise, especially given what we discussed in class about the chemicals in the brain reacting nearly the same in both cases. I agree that the test could be some what inaccurate due to process of elimination because of the short amount of questions, but take also into consideration as we learned back in chapter one, if surveys or tests such as this are extremely long, people lose interest.I agree it is easier to read emotions in person, especially because you have the context of what is going on and get more of the whole picture.

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