Pan-Am or Prince Charles – how do you smile?

28 February 2005


I read about this study a while back, and meant to blog about it but forgot, until Neil Gaiman brought it up on his blog. It is all about how the American smile is different to the British one. Course I’m wondering, how do other cultures smile?

“I see a bit of the full risorius in Tony Blair, but the American political elite cannot do it any more, which is a bit sad,” he said. “They have lost that dignity. In blind tests George Bush’s smile emerged as cynical rather than pleasurable.”

The genuineness of a good British smile is all in the eyes ; Keltner has found that only 5% of people can fake a smile that uses this muscle. “
– from The Times

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