Recent News From Our Research Division v.1
Recent studies by Dr. David Matsumoto suggest that because microexpressions are signs of concealed emotions, the ability to read them may give individuals an edge in being emotionally sensitive, which in turn could benefit the development of rapport, trust, collegiality, providing the basis for better cooperation, negotiation, or sales.
Recently, Dr. Matsumoto along with Dr. Hyi-Sung Hwang conducted 2 studies: 1 that examined whether microexpression training can improve individuals’ ability to read microexpressions and 1 that examined whether this improved ability is sustained across time.
In addition, Dr. Matsumoto and Dr. Hwang tested the possbility that improved microexpression training is associated with potential real world benefits.
The findings of the study were remarkable.
They provided evidence that the ability to read microexpresions can be trained. In addition, the results showed that such improvement may produce improvements in subsequent socially relevant behaviors.
The results of the studies also suggested that those who were trained with the microexpression training retained their knowledge far longer than those that did not have any training- up to 2 to 3 weeks. In addition, the training group was not only more accurate in detecting these emotions, but also quicker in their responses.
These studies were conducted among adults with a wide variety of ages and educational backgrounds which suggests the microexpression training is not dependent on any of these factors.
Finally, the participants of the study were not American, suggesting that training benefit may be generalizable beyond western samples.
Dr. Matsumoto suggests that the improved ability to see microexpressions should aid groups to “work collaboratively; colleagues to build better relationships, interpersonal trust, and rapport; bosses to communicate intent; and others to read and interpret intent.”
The ability to read microexpressions gives people “one more tool in their interpersonal toolkit, providing the basis for better cooperation, negotiation and sales.”