Facial Expressions: The Emotional, Fascinating World of Sports

Something to bring a smile to your face in 2012

Photos By Zack Pumerantz Courtesy of Bleacherreport.com

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*Note from Dr. Matsumoto: It’s important to realize that while the picture above may bring a smile to your face, it is most likely not a genuine picture of emotion. Expressive behaviors such as the one above are likely recruited to facilitate goal-directed behaviors that require exertion, and thus are not necessarily emotional reactions. They could be emotion-like or close to it, but they’re probably not emotions per se.

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