Follow up: Searching for Microexpressions

If you read last week’s blog post on convicted murder Skylar Deleon, you would have seen a lot of disgust microexpressions throughout the interview with Dateline’s Josh Mankiewicz.

Deleon, who often speaks with a soft voice, can’t seem to mask his feeling of repulsiveness. Many of the readers who watched the video spotted these various microexpressions right away. Great job!

It’s important to remember that microexpressions leak out when a person has internal conflict between what is being said and what is being felt. However, you cannot automatically associate the microexpression with the person lying, just that there is more to the story than what’s being told.

We see various disgust microexpressions from Deleon, often twice in a row. Several of them at the beginning of the interview when Mankiewicz says “What do you want people to know about you?” (0:33 and 0:51 in video) and then again at “You can’t even bring yourself to say it, can you?” (2:13 and 2:15 in video).

It’s also important to note what you don’t see from Deleon- you don’t see genuine sadness or any sense of remorse for the murders he committed. You don’t see any tears or hear any cracking in his voice when he apologizes. In fact, at times during the interview you see him smile ever so slightly when discussing the murders.

It’s pretty clear from the interview that Deleon feels no true remorse for what he’s done and doesn’t seem very happy when he’s questioned about the topic.

Didn’t get a chance to see the video? You can watch it again below.

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