September 2, 2007

Fake Smile Test

This is a fun test to take: http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/mind/surveys/smiles/. It tests whether you can tell a fake smile from a real one. I got 14 out of 20 correct.

33 comments:

Black Sheeped said...

I got the same score as you!

shoeaddict said...

I got 13 correct. This was interesting but, I would like to know what the people were told. Were the genuie smiles made to laugh? Were the fake smiles just told to fake a smile?

Doulala said...

I'm better than I thought, I got 17 out of 20 right.

janet said...

whoohoo! i got 18 right! it's all in the eyes, ya know ;-)

Erica said...

I got 16.

Anonymous said...

I got 13. Same as shoeaddict.

It was interesting that they asked if you are optimistic. Maybe that's why I guessed so many genuine??

Jenny H. said...

14 out of 20! Such fun!

Penny said...

Huh. 14 out of 20 were correct for me too. I'd have thought I was a better reader of fakeness than that.

AndreAnna said...

I got 18 too - I just watched the eyes. Seemed to work! This was cool!

jonniker said...

18 out of 20, and one of them is pissing me off, because I KNEW IT, and I misfired. Bastards!

Mommy Daisy said...

13. That was interesting. I think I'm too optimistic maybe.

Omaha Mama said...

I got 17. That last guy tricked me, because I started to wonder if I always thought creepy looking people are faking it. (Sorry if that's your brother!) So I said he was genuine, even though I suspected he was faking. Very interesting indeed. Two women tricked me, I thought they were genuine. Which makes me doubt my ability to read people. Hmmm...

Fun test. Thanks for sharing!

Karly said...

I got 18! Neener, neener, neener! I beat you!

Oh, what? It wasn't a contest? Whatever.

Jen4 @ Amazing Trips said...

I only got 11 out of 20. My husband, however, got 17 out of 20. He probably would have done better, but was distracted trying to figure out the gender of contestant #13.

Swistle said...

The ones that got me were the ones who went so quickly to non-smiling faces afterward. Some of them went from huge, genuine-looking smiles (so my mouse was hovering over "real") to sociopathic faces that made me actually SCARED--so then I chose "fake," thinking, "great actor, how creepy."

Penny said...

That's what got me too, swistle - the weird returns to non-smiling faces. Some seemed too "quick" to be real.

Shelly Overlook said...

I got 14/20, too. At first it was fun but then it began to sort of creep me out. I started imagining these were prison inmates being forced to participate in a scientific experiment.

Misguided Mommy said...

15 out of 20 woot! hmmm those people all looked english!

Jana said...

How fun! I got 14 and my husband got 16. I focused on the eyes and he looked at head movement trying to detect laughter along with the smile. Apparently you can't hold your head still if you're laughing; I never thought of that.

Tina G said...

Yay! I got 17/20....I was a psych major many years ago and am also good at spotting liars. Thanks for the link!

velocibadgergirl said...

Holy moly! I got 20 out of 20! Can't put one past me, apparently.

Neat quiz.

Becky said...

I got 15. Only two I thought were genuine that weren't.

Kathi said...

I got 18 and my husband got 14. This was fun!

Stacitee said...

I got 12 out of 20. Go ahead and fake smile at me, I can't tell the difference anyway!

Tess said...

I got 13 correct. I looked at how quickly they went from smile to straight face. I did better than I thought. Great link! Thanks!

Kelsey said...

17 out of 20 for me; I agree that the eyes were especially helpful.

I will admit that all the while I wondered if the real test was whether we'd tend to think women were more genuine than men, or bearded people were more likely to be faking, or some other thing like that.

You know those tricky psychologists, always telling you they are looking for one thing and really testing for another. . .

caley said...

14 out of 20 for me, too, despite my husband watching over my shoulder and influencing my decisions. I have to admit though that I had no clue and totally made random guesses on quite a few of them. Like many others, I was thrown off by the instantaneous return to non-smiling. Plus, knowing that I could only watch the video clip ONCE put all kinds of pressure of me and you would have thought I was going to be graded and punished for incorrect answers.

Sara said...

I got 14 right.

Did anyone else think some of these people looked like convicts?

:)

Trena said...

16 out of 20 here

So was the individual with the long black hair a male or female? I was leaning towards female, but ultimately went with male.

I enjoyed the test overall but it made me wonder how convincing my fake smile is

nanann said...

OH MY GOSH - I got 19 right! Darn grandma at #8!

Kristine said...

I got 13...that whole "quick recovery" business got me too.

JMC said...

That was really cool! I got 18. I watched the eyes.

awholelotoftnothing said...

I'm surprised I did as well as I did."You got 16 out of 20 correct"
Strange to see people laughing like that.