Social skills helped shape modern human face | Study

By on April 18, 2019

In a new study, psychologists have found that smiling indeed makes people feel happier.

The study published in the journal ‘Psychological Bulletin’ looked at nearly 50 years of data testing whether facial expressions can lead people to feel the emotions related to those expressions.

“Conventional wisdom tells us that we can feel a little happier if we simply smile. Or that we can get ourselves in a more serious mood if we scowl. However, psychologists have actually disagreed about this idea for over 100 years,” said Nicholas Coles, lead researcher of the study.

These disagreements became more pronounced in 2016 when 17 teams of researchers failed to replicate a well-known experiment demonstrating that the physical act of smiling can make people feel happier.

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