Emotion : Option 2

At first sight, I thought the facial recognition test was going to be a walk in the park. After getting the first two pictures wrong I had an idea what I had gotten myself into. For the six I got wrong, it was mostly due to me second guessing myself and changing my original answer because I thought it was too obvious. I scored around what I assumed I would because I knew petty mistakes would drag my scores down in a test like this, despite my ability to read emotions very well.

I thought some options being put together made it harder than it should have been. For example, on one of the photos, the options included embarrassment and shame which are very similar in definition. This made it harder since I struggled to decide which of the two it was. If they avoided trickery like this the test would have been a lot easier. The test definitely opened my eyes to minor expressions made for certain emotions that I had never noticed in the past.

3 thoughts on “Emotion : Option 2

  1. Hi Adam,
    Before I took this quiz, I also thought that I would easily be able to get a good grade, and I felt very confident in judging people’s emotions. I surprisingly did not do as well as and I also agree with you that the test was flawed in many ways. There were some facial expressions that made it tough for picking between multiple answers. Some of the emotions used could have a combination of many types of facial expressions for many different types of emotions. This made it hard to figure out whether someone was surprised or frightened when looking at a picture of a person. I do agree that the test made reading emotions harder than it needed to be. In class we learned how there are about 46 muscles in the face and different emotions that can use the same facial expressions. It is just the context that a person would have to pick up on to figure out what emotion the person is feeling. Even when we see emotions with people, there are still minor changes in someone’s face that are hard to pick up on sometimes. These subtle changes are something that I also need to pick up on better and learn better ways to notice them. We also learned that just because someone appears to be happy, does not mean they always are. So this is again another thing to keep in mind when you are trying to figure out how someone else is feeling.

    Great post! Keep up the good work!

    From,
    Natalie

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  2. Hey Bogo,

    The fact that you scored low on the facial recognition test is not surprising, as the test only covers a single facet of how humans interpret emotion. Other ways to tell what a person is feeling would be the slight inflections of voice, the topic of discussion, body language that is not conveyed through the face, and a plethora of other characteristics that are simply not conveyed in the expressions of the face at any given time. Honestly, I also have trouble with the test simply because most facial expressions are hard to interpret when uncoupled with other emotional stimuli. While the test is useful for many reasons, I do not believe that it is a fully accurate indicator of emotional interpretation simply because it does not account for all the ways that humans express emotion. Humans are complex creatures, and we process a lot of information to assess how a person is feeling. Just seeing someone’s expression is not enough to make a fully accurate determination.

    -Alex Koontz

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  3. I agree with your first impressions on the test. Everyone believes they are the masters at reading someone’s face and can act on the emotion being shown. Within the first few faces, I was already discouraged in completing the test. The tiniest of details gave the most trouble and was the real killer in reading someone’s face. One of the examples we were taught in class was for reading someone’s face to show a real smile and happiness when talking to them. The professor confessed how a genuine smile is shown based on the wrinkles below the eyes and how the mouth is pulled up. When the mouth is pulled up, they show dimples in the corners of the mouth. The eyes were another big indicator since they tend to close more when you are genuinely happy and showing a smile that is not fake. When examples were shown, the difference between the two pictures were quite different. I personally thought the one face showed a real smile, but I was wrong. My answer was based on how the overall face looked and not at the little details. At the end of the day, the little details about someone’s face will show how a person is feeling at all points, especially when you are speaking directly to them.

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