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Paul Ekman
Paul Ekman, Ph.D., is the world’s foremost expert on facial expressions and a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of California Medical School in San Francisco. Ekman was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME Magazine (2009). He is the author of 15 books, including Emotions Revealed and Telling Lies, and, most recently, Emotional Awareness, a conversation between himself and the Dalai Lama. His research and publications span decades, revealing key insights about human emotion and communication.

Entries by Paul Ekman

Catching Liars

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 11:49 PM

From a distance of 20 feet, without your knowledge or consent, the surveillance cameras, microphones and physiological sensors apply computer algorithms to process your gait, facial expression, gestures, voice, posture, heart rate, blood pressure and skin temperature -- determining within seconds if you are lying or telling the truth.


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#AskEkman: How Do I Become a Facial Expression Expert?

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 6:47 AM

The most popular questions we receive at the Paul Ekman Group are questions relating to which courses and universities are best equipped to promote a career in becoming an expert in facial expressions and emotion. The answer to this question depends on what level of education you are seeking, and...

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Is Snowden Lying?

(5) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 2:02 PM

Many readers have asked whether Snowden was lying in his recent NBC interview, knowing I have worked for the government and corporations spotting lies by how someone behaves. When I attempt to evaluate truthfulness, I need to be the one asking the questions, able to ask follow-up questions...

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Who Should Know How You Are Feeling?

(3) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 6:55 PM

Where You Go on the Internet, Where You Travel on City Streets -- That and More Is All Up for Grabs

Google? NSA? Walmart? It soon may be possible for them to track your emotions in addition to your whereabouts without your knowledge or consent. No regulations from the government...

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Global Compassion and the Nigerian Schoolgirls

(5) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 8:44 PM

Why do we care when we see the Nigerian schoolgirls who are the prisoners of Boko Haram? We do watch. Most of us don't change the channel. Why?

There is nothing that ordinarily might catch our eyes: no one is badly injured, beautifully dressed, or posing in a sexy way....

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Spotting Poker Bluffs

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 4:31 PM

The Game Has Changed Now That TV Broadcasts People Playing Poker

In the old days not a word was spoken, and that tradition continues today in some venues. But lies had to be spotted, bluffs called. I learned about this from winners of the International Poker Tournament, held each year...

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Darwin's Claim of Universals in Facial Expression Not Challenged

(14) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 2:07 PM

Co-authored by Dacher Keltner, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley

Lisa Feldman Barrett's Feb. 28 New York Times op-ed seeks to undermine the science showing universality in the interpretation of facial expressions. In her eyes, recent evidence "challeng[es] the...

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Reading the Face of Amanda Berry

(3) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 3:36 PM

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This picture of Amanda Berry shortly after her escape from captivity, reunited with her sister Beth, and with her daughter Jocelyn, is striking because of the differences in how each of them is reacting at this moment in time. Beth is overwhelmed, struggling to...

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