First Impression Post: Chapter 10

Option 2: Before taking this quiz, I always had thought that I was pretty good at interpreting facial expressions. I pride myself on being able to tell people’s moods based off of their facial expressions and make lots of decisions based off of how people look that day.

After taking the quiz, I found that I was in fact very correct. I scored a 15/20 and it told me that I am better than the average person at reading expressions.  I found that identifying the major and most common emotions the easiest to identify.  For example, I was able to identify anger, happiness, sadness, and fear the easiest.  I believe that these were the easiest for me to identify because these are the most visibly obvious emotions worn on people’s faces.  The emotions such as disgust, shock, love, and desire were the hardest to identify because these emotions are often shown differently on people’s faces.

I could use this information that I found from taking the quiz to work more on being able to identify the more challenging emotions.  I believe that being able to identify emotions on people’s faces is a highly valuable resource because without the ability to, it would be very challenging to communicate with others.  Faces help us to judge how people are responding to us while we talk without the need to verbally tell us how they feel.  Conversations are more meaningful because you are able to directly see how your statements are impacting the person you are talking to.

I believe that this quiz was reliable because it came from Berkeley University.  Often times when universities post quizzes and such, they are scientifically backed and are valid.  Universities are considered a reliable source because of the amount of research and information that is available to them.

This was a very interesting quiz to take and I am happy with my results.  Even though I did well on the quiz, I am still more than happy to work on my analyzing skills to better my connections with others.



2 thoughts on “First Impression Post: Chapter 10”

  1. That is a good score on the quiz, I am glad you did as well as you thought you would! Facial expressions are considered behavioral, one of the three components of emotion. The other components include physiological and cognitive which is impossible to notice just by looking at someone. Therefore it is important to be able to read facial expressions. It can also be a good measure of determining emotion rather than self-reports or psycho-physiological reactions. Self-reports are when individuals report their own emotions, but it can be deceiving because they could lie or not understand what they’re really feeling. Psycho-physiological reactions (which is how your body physically reacts) can be scientifically measured, but difficult to read because many emotions look similar. But, behavioral displays of emotion are hard to fake, so if you’re good at reading facial expressions you’re in luck. Emotions are an important part of our lives, even if we don’t realize it. They can help organize memory and alter behavior. For example if you become angry you could be pushed toward facing whatever is making you angry. Overall, there are no ‘bad’ emotions, they are there for a reason.


  2. Hello Taylor,
    I agree that you did extremely well on this quiz and have a talent for identifying people’s emotions. It is important to have this skill in my opinion so that we can classify how people are truly feeling. There are many ways to recognize how people are feeling; such as, behavioral displays, self-reports, and psychophysiological reactions. For the average, everyday person they will mostly encounter behavioral displays and self-reports. If you tried to use psychophysiological reactions, you may make someone extremely uncomfortable. Some examples of these include testing heart rate, using an electromyography test, or skin conductance. People do not tend to always self-report accurately with how they feel. They will normally say that they are fine; yet, they may have a tone or a certain emotion portrayed on their face. This is where behavioral displays come in. Being able to identify emotions based on facial expressions is an important skill to have in my opinion. I feel this way because if you pay attention to how people are carrying themselves, you can accurately place how they feel. If these emotions are sadness or anger, then you may be able to offer help or make their day a little better. I loved your post and congratulations on such a high score!


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