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Commentaries on emotion, facial expression, deception and compassion
Paul Ekman Ph.D.
How do you understand and interpret facial expressions? Dr. Paul Ekman discusses various interpretations and cultural differences in expressions of emotion.
What is the purpose of emotion families? Learn the importance of organizing similar facial expressions of emotion into themes.
What does it feel like to engage in compassionate actions? Learn about the feeling of compassion, how it affects us internally, and the impact of external reactions.
When it comes to online privacy, even your emotional reactions to what you see and do online can be analyzed. Learn how your behaviors are being monitored.
Emotion research expert Dr. Ekman reflects on his greatest discoveries in the field of nonverbal behaviors, emotions, and deception detection.
Accounts of our past presidents suggest that the office has been held by people with very different personalities. Did that determine a president’s success?
Knowing how to read micro expressions can provide powerful insight into the emotions of those around you. But that may not always be a good thing.
Can understanding lead to prevention?
Lies can be detected from nonverbal behavior—but only some people can do it.
"Lie to Me," the hit Hollywood crime drama, was based on real deception detection.
Perseverance with the help of three mottos.
Genetics, sensible living, and luck have helped an accomplished scientist accomplish much of what he wanted in 83 years.
Is love an emotion?
So you have an anger problem. Did you know that there are benefits to experiencing and expressing anger? Here's how to use your anger for good.
In most of the time human beings have lived on Earth, it was in circumstances different from those we encounter now.
Why officials who break the rules think they can get away with it.
With the holidays upon us after one of the most controversial elections, here are some tips on how to engage in respectful disagreements.
Lifting the curtain to reveal the who, the why, and the how of scientific pursuits...
This election season has resulted in a myriad of extreme emotions for many. Dr. Ekman discusses what to do now.
Are there certain personality traits that help predict the success of a president? Do our current candidates embody these?
Do you use anger constructively? The Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman weigh in.
Did you know that a shoulder shrug may be an indication of lying? Certain subtle body movements may be more revealing than you think.
When it comes to lies, not all are created equal. At what point do we accept that some lies are beneficial, especially when it comes to our leaders?
We will all age and we all will die; we just don’t know when or how. Does that matter? How should we spend our remaining days?
A friendship with the Dalai Lama is no small matter, even when you're a world renowned psychologist.
Weighing in on the use of torture as an interrogation tactic for suspected terrorists.
To the world, he's referred to as "His Holiness the Dalai Lama".
Here's how to untangle the confusing array of emotions we feel in the aftermath of terrorist attacks.
Backed by funding from the Dalai Lama, read about our new Atlas of Emotions.
On facial recognition technology, using it to detect malicious intent, and problems that could arise.
Paul Ekman, Ph.D., is the co-discoverer of micro expressions and was named by the APA as one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century.