Monday, December 29, 2008

Born Smilin'

A new study suggests that smiling is inborn rather than learned. The study, scheduled for publication in the January 2009 issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, compared the facial expressions of sighted and blind athletes from thousands of photos. The research demonstrated that both groups modified their facial expressions similarly depending on the social context. Everyone smiled when appropriate, with or without the ability to see.

(image credit: jester-records.com)