Monday, July 20, 2009

LIE TO ME - The Real Dealio

So that show Lie to Me is pretty sweet. I read about the guy it is based on, Paul Ekman, in a few books and decided to investigate a little more. I found this training tool that tests your ability to recognize micro expressions. (These are involuntary expressions that last less than 1/15 of a second, as short as 1/25 of a second). Here is a WIRED article about the subject titled 'What a Half-Smile Really Means' Pretty cool stuff. Btw I totally scored a 100% when I took the test har har har. Pre-test (before training) was 93%. Feel the power! Wu-Tang! If you are at all interested in this stuff, you should check it out, although beware, once you are good at telling if people are lying, you can't turn it off.

Ekman said that in his tests of about 10,000 people, most correctly read emotional expressions only slightly more than half the time. People who take the CD-ROM test, he said, tend to score 50 to 60 percent. But after doing the training and practice they score 80 to 85 percent

Epic Pre-Test + 2nd Try













Totally Sweet Score 3rd Try



Here is a link to a FREE version of this sort of test, but this one is only composed of 10 faces. See how you do. The METT test is 28 of these faces (random every time across different gender/cultural faces) at what looks like a slightly faster face morph, although this is pretty close to the fastest speed on the METT test. After the METT training I ripped through these 10/10. Apparently not everyone will be good at this though, there is a limit to visual capture time for some people and some people have better natural instincts for processing this information at a subliminal level. It's fun though and you can learn a few things that may be useful.

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