Be Careful Where You Smile

Be Careful Where You Smile

It is commonly recognized that it is good to smile, however these lay beliefs are challenged by a large cross-cultural study of the social perception of smiling individuals in 5216 participants in 44 cultures. Cultures differed in whether they attributed smiling individuals as intelligent or honest, and there were gender differences in whether on not smiling is positive.

Lagt online: 02.06.2016

This research fosters understanding of the cultural framework surrounding nonverbal communication processes and reveals that in some cultures smiling may lead to negative attributions. The results are published in Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, June 2016, Volume 40, Issue 2:

Be Careful Where You Smile: Culture Shapes Judgments of Intelligence and Honesty of Smiling Individuals

From Aalborg University: Radka Antalíková