Where Do Our Facial Expressions Come From?

From Boston to Bora Bora, humans have the same facial expressions to convey grief, surprise, and disgust. How did we all end up on the same page emotionally? Explore innate and learned expressions in the 133rd video in a 143-part series. The narrator discusses the physiological reasons for widening our eyes and wrinkling our noses, as well as past and present research on the topic.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Add the resource to a lesson on innate and learned behaviors
  • Conduct your own in-class study by having pupils design experiments to examine various facial expressions
Classroom Considerations
  • Provide some context for Darwin's theories if learners have not yet studied them in class
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Fascinating examples make the video engaging for a wide range of science classes
  • Animated, expressive stick people add humor to the emotional scenarios
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