An Angry Face Indicates Strength: Research

An Angry Face Indicates Strength

A new study based on the analysis of facial expressions has revealed that the “anger face” might not have been originally what that face should have been called.
Researchers from California and Australia have indicated that the facial expressions that people take on when they're mad are apparently the result of human biological characteristics that have evolved from the need for social power.

New findings about human "anger face" have been published in the online edition of the journal Evolution and Human Behavior.

The UCSB team and research team at Griffith University in Australia have studied and examined the lowered brow and thin red lips and flared nostrils of an angry face. They concluded this facial expression is a cross-cultural, universal expression.

Researchers used computer-generated faces to explain that every expression during anger state makes people look physically stronger. To know more on this topic, the researchers used computerized image of a human face and then they digitally brought changes in these photos in two ways: one of the images showed a lowered brow and the other had a raised brow.

Both the digitally altered faces were shown to a number of volunteers and it was seen that out of the two faces, the volunteers pointed out that the lowered brow face looked like it belonged to a physically stronger man. Later, the researchers included other changes one-by-one like thinned lips, mouth raised, the flared nose and the chin pushed out and up. Then also, researchers received almost same results from all the volunteers.

Lead researcher of this study is Aaron Sell from the School of Criminology at Griffith University in Australia. He said. “We concluded that the explanation for evolution of the form of the human anger face is surprisingly simple - it is a threat display”.


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