Web Desk: We know, if someone is smiling, it doesn’t necessarily signal his happiness. Also, it is believed that a person is happy when they are engaging with other people, Deccanchronicle reported.
A new research, led by body language expert DR Harry Witchel, claims that the way people often behave during one-to-one Human-Computer-Interation (HCI) is as they were socially engaged.
He conducted the research on 44 participants, who were asked five difficult questions. He often got the answer wrong while playing a geographic quiz game .
During the research, their facial expression were recorded to judge how much they were smiling based on a scale of between 0 to 1.
After the quiz, the participants were asked to rate their subjective experience using a range of 12 emotions including bored, interested, and frustrated.
Witchel said, ‘According to some researchers, a genuine smile reflects the inner state of cheerfulness or amusement.’
“Our study showed that in these Human-Computer Interaction experiments, smiling is not driven by happiness; it is associated with subjective engagement, which acts like a social fuel for smiling, even when socialising with a computer on your own,” he added.
The frame by frame smile analysis participants did not tend to smile during the period when they were trying to figure out the answers.