When you've acted in an uncooperative or untrustworthy way, the way you smile could either help heal or hinder social relationships. Those whose smiles reflected reward, or a signal that they were happy, or a smile of dominance, which reflects a feeling of superiority, appeared to be untrustworthy and unlikely to change their deceptive nature. However, a smile of affiliation was perceived as an attempt to make amends, restoring levels of trust.
Researchers comment moral demands for women to be fun and be happy undermine their citizenship and commitment to community.
The facial muscle activity it takes to smile helps to generate more positive emotions.
Laughing and smiling more might help to buffer against the effects of stress, researchers report.
A neuroimaging study conducted by researchers from UCLA reveals the brains of people with schizophrenia are less sensitive to social rewards than they are to non-social rewards.
A new study reveals oxytocin, a hormone implicated in bonding, may play an important role in social interactions between man and dog.
Researchers describe the different facial muscle combinations that help make three types of smiles.
People who smile following a victory can trigger an opponent to act more aggressively, a new study reports.