Ask the Expert: Your Questions to Dr. Matsumoto Part 6

We’ve had an overwhelming amount of positive feedback on our “Ask the Expert” blog series so we’re happy to announce that we’re bringing it back yet again for the 6th time!

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This is your (the reader’s) opportunity to ask Humintell Director Dr. David Matsumoto your questions  related to anything: microexpressions, facial expressions of emotions in general, culture, emotion, nonverbal behavior, reading body language, recent research or detecting deception.

Simply submit your question in the comments section above and we’ll select certain question we think are interesting, interview Dr. Matsumoto and post the responses within two weeks.

Thanks for your participation!

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9 responses to “Ask the Expert: Your Questions to Dr. Matsumoto Part 6”

  1. Chris says:

    What is the difference (in purpose, in the way of recognise,…) between the sad micro/subtle expression, and the reject emblem ( AU 15,17) , also called the “upside down U mouth”

    Thanks again for helping us to find the best way to understand the non verbal communication

  2. Dexter Miksch says:

    Hi sir, I was wondering how long does it take someone (on average) to attain an expert level ability to read and interpret micro and subtle facial expressions? Also, how does the ability to read and interpret micro and subtle facial expressions compare to the ability to read and interpret body language when used for deception detection and trying to figure out what a person is really feeling?

    Thank you for your time.

  3. Cesar Benites says:

    The FACS is used as evidence or proof in some courts in the world to detect lies, especially in America?
    In case not be the case, what is the procedure to use the analysis of microexpressions as lie detectors in court???
    Thanks for your attention, greetings from Perú Dr. Matsumoto

  4. Olga says:

    I would like to ask two questions if you allow.
    1. Have you heard of any successful usage of the ability to read micro- and subtle facial expressions in mediation, and if no, can this knowledge/ ability, in your opinion, make somebody be more successful as mediator?

    2. I’m very interested in being able to “read” people using all possible kinds of nonverbal communication, i.e. not just facial expressions, but also body language, their choice of words, analyzing their voice, etc. I have recently purchased your book “Nonverbal communication”, although haven’t started reading it yet. However, I assume that this book tells exactly about all this. Could you recommend any other books about this topic?

    Thank you very much in advance!

  5. Qie Bob says:

    i’ve watched the American television series call “Lie to me”. In the show, Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) and his colleagues in The Lightman Group accept assignments from third parties (commonly local and federal law enforcement), and assist in investigations, reaching the truth through applied psychology: interpreting microexpressions, through the Facial Action Coding System, and body language.

    how your opinion about it & is it right this study can be applied in the situation like in the show ?

    and the last one, what are you think about Dr. Paul Ekman ?

  6. Contempt is the only unilateral expression. Does it make the display of emotion on either side of the face or no influence at all?

    Thanks to the response Dr. Matsumoto.

  7. Othello says:

    1) Has studies differentiating between the types of manipulators (face vs. body touching, scratching vs soothing, etc) in relation to deception been published ?

    2) Can a micro or subtle smile (AU 12 alone) be called “duping delight” in the absence of AU6 in your opinion?

  8. chris says:

    I know i ve already ask something but if you allow me i would like what do you thing about synergology???

  9. Cesar Augusto says:

    1.-What is the methodology to study nonverbal behavior and microexpressions in relation to the detection of lies???

    2. – There bibliography (books) regarding microexpressions and lie detection??? who are the authors???

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