TWAP038: Face Analysis: Should You Be Interested?

Dr. John Habershon, PhD Shares His Work and Resources

Yes, I think you should! (Be interested in face analysis)

face analysis

I’m excited to share this interview with Dr. John Habershon, PhD, and his extensive work with face analysis.

My premise is that, through study and practice, you and I can improve our ability read and understand emotions in others.

This is an important part of emotional regulation.

In This Episode You’ll Learn:

  1. What face analysis is, and how it can be helpful to you.
  2. How Dr. Habershon’s work sets him apart from the Dr. Simon Baren Cohen
  3. Resources to help you improve your ability to “read” people’s expressions.

Links and Resources Mentioned:

Momentum Research – Dr. John Habershon’s website.

Lie To Me – television series loosely based on Dr. Ekman’s work regarding micro-expressions

Dr. Ekman’s critique of the TV show

Dr. Ekman’s Six Universal Emotions:

  1. Joy (Sometimes referred to as ‘Happiness’) – symbolized by raising of the mouth corners (an obvious smile) and tightening of the eyelids
  2. Surprise – symbolized by eyebrows arching, eyes opening wide and exposing more white, with the jaw dropping slightly
  3. Sadness – symbolized by lowering of the mouth corners, the eyebrows descending to the inner corners and the eyelids drooping
  4. Anger – symbolized by eyebrows lowering, lips pressing firmly and eyes bulging
  5. Disgust – symbolized by the upper lip raising, nose bridge wrinkling and cheeks raising
  6. Fear – symbolized by the upper eyelids raising, eyes opening and the lips stretching horizontally

source –

Dr. John Habershon’s Emotions Reader – available for iPhone, Mac, and iPad –

Description –

This interactive book is a learning tool designed for those on the autism spectrum, but is useful for anyone who wishes to sharpen their abilities in reading facial expressions.

It features twenty-eight video clips of real emotions being displayed. Each is accompanied by still images and a detailed description. The examples have been chosen because they are recognizable and not too difficult to interpret.

Students are asked to watch the video – first in real time, then in slow motion – and to identify three actions which occur in the few seconds in which the emotion is being displayed. This may be movements of the head, or a crinkling around the eyes, or a tightly closed mouth. Students are given six options and asked to identify three key actions.

Reading Emotions, by Dr. John Habershon

This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Multi-touch books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Books with interactive features may work best on an iOS device. iBooks on your Mac requires OS X 10.9 or later.

The most comprehensive collection of subtle expressions of emotion, featuring real people expressing real emotions, from glee to embarrassment, from distress to enjoyment.

Consists of fifty-five examples of subtle emotions, taken from in-depth interviews on topics as wide as favourite brands, responses to new concepts and stressful events such as bereavement.

– each short video clip is shown first in real time, then in slow motion.

– each clip broken down into numbered stills which can be swiped through

– accompanied by detailed notes on changes to the face and body language

Here’s where you can download the new Reading Emotions App on Dr. Habershon’s website.

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