Is it a Real or Fake Smile?

Click this link to take a test which determines if you are able to tell the difference between a real and a fake smile. The quiz take about 10 minutes and is based on the work of Professor Paul Ekman, a psychologist at the University of California.


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    Terry Kozlyk

    February 10, 2013

    Recently we had to take new pics for reapplying for expired passports. We were told NOT to smile. Another source told me a smiling face interferes with the facial recognition software used by authorities to match photos. Don’t know if true or not – But if it is true, it may be a good technique to use to prevent identity theft of your social media pic/avatar – Just use a GREAT BIG SMILE ;)

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      February 19, 2013

      Interesting. I love a big natural smile. In my workshops I show a big picture of George Clooney smiling. I always say he is the gold standard of smiles–everyone laughs!

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