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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Science Daily: The next time you get really mad, take a look in the mirror. See the lowered brow, the thinned lips and the flared nostrils? That's what social scientists call the "anger face," and it appears to be part of our basic biology as humans. Now, researchers at UC Santa Barbara and at Griffith University in Australia have identified the functional advantages that caused the specific appearance of the anger face to evolve. Their findings appear in the current online edition of the journal Evolution and Human Behavior.


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"The expression is cross-culturally universal, and even congenitally blind children make this same face without ever having seen one," said lead author Aaron Sell, a lecturer at the School of Criminology at Griffith University in Australia. Sell was formerly a postdoctoral scholar at UCSB's Center for Evolutionary Psychology.

The anger expression employs seven distinct muscle groups that contract in a highly stereotyped manner. The researchers sought to understand why evolution chose those particular muscle contractions to signal the emotional state of anger.


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#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2014-09-02 06:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Anger face" is a perfect name for a super-villian or a thrash metal band.

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2014-09-02 07:17 PM | Reply | Flag:

The next study will attempt to ascertain the origin of the universal "O" face.

#3 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-09-03 10:09 AM | Reply | Flag:

You shoulda turned that frown upside down, Michael Brown:


#4 | Posted by DixvilleNotch at 2014-09-04 04:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

Huh, and here I've been calling it "wife face" for the last 10 years...

#5 | Posted by bartimus at 2014-09-05 11:23 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Since Evolution is just another Liberal Lie obviously the Anger Face did not evolve.

It is the same face Adam used when he found out his emotional nutjob of a wife had them both kicked out of the Garden of Eden Luxury apartments.

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-09-05 05:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

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