Interpersonal cues -- body language, facial expressions, voice tone and pitch -- are great indicators of what is going on during an interpersonal exchange. Think of these cues as a starting point, a spark, to assess the situation; but, don't draw an iron clad conclusion based exclusively on your individual interpretation of their meaning.
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Lisa Feldman Barrett's Feb. 28 New York Times op-ed seeks to undermine the science showing universality in the interpretation of facial expressions. We feel compelled to respond so that the public is not misled and is apprised of the broader, Darwin-inspired science of emotional expression that many scientists are working on.