By October 26, 2006

Crack the liar’s smile

Here’s a fun little experiment, courtesy of the BBC: tell who’s really smiling, and who’s faking it. There are twenty short video clips of people going from a straight face to a smile, then back again. You can only play each video once, so pay attention! I scored a sixteen out of twenty. After looking at the results at the end I talked myself out of three of my incorrect answers. I rated myself as a near-total pessimist, but I gave three of my errors the benefit of the doubt and listed them as “real” instead of the correct “fake.”

There’s no sound on the videos, and I probably finished all twenty of them in about eight minutes.

How’d you score?

Thanks to pToast for posting this in the Ars Technica Lounge.

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  1. The Proto-Lawyer says:

    Fascinating! I got 15/20, just going by the eyes.

  2. Duke says:

    Same here ….. 15/20 by the eyes

  3. ms_lady_jaye says:

    16/20 that was tougher than I thought it was going to be!

  4. Ed says:

    5/20, and I tried to look at the eyes!

  5. 11/20, and I tried to look at the eyes too, but I kept thinking what turned out to be genuine smiles were fake b/c of how quickly they’d go back to what looked like stone cold faces to me.

  6. Agreschn says:

    Boo-yah! 18/20!

    All by the eyes… easiest way to tell is if the edges crease or ‘crinkle’ as they said at the end of it. If the smile gives them crow’s feet, then it’s most likely genuine.

    I missed the Asian girl because it went by so fast, and I don’t know what happened with the other dude.