That look of fear may save your life.
Are you a drama queen? That could save your life!
This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science
And on a new study that suggests our facial expressions may actually help us survive.
The idea was first suggested by Charles Darwin. A dozen years after writing "The Origin of Species," Darwin developed the notion that facial expressions are the same across cultures. Even in some animals.
He suggested that expressions serve a biological function, for example: helping us get a good look at an enemy.
But no one ever tested the theory--until now.
Researchers at the University of Toronto made computer-generated faces bearing classic looks: wide-eyed fear, scrunched-up disgust, and squinty-eyed suspicion. They had volunteers mimic the looks, and measured their breathing and vision.
Turns out Darwin was right. Wide-eyed fear improves peripheral vision, speeds eye movement, and increases air flow through the nostrils. This helps us escape from danger!
A look of disgust has the opposite effect. This shuts out substances that might be harmful.
Like the smell of Jovan Musk for Men. Although in that case a girl should squint then run.