Paul Ekman Psychologist

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Paul Ekman is a pioneering psychologist in the study of emotions and facial expressions, and was named one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century by the American Psychological Association. Ekman is most famous for his research establishing that nonverbal communication of emotions is not a cultural phenomenon but a universal one. Through his study of facial expressions, Ekman has substantiated Darwin's theory that human emotions are an evolved, biological response shared throughout cultures worldwide. On their importance in our lives, Ekman states, "Emotions can override…the more powerful fundamental motives that drive our lives: hunger, sex, and the will to survive." Ekman has also contributed to the study of microexpressions, involuntary facial expressions that occur when someone is attempting to conceal their true feelings. Microexpressions offer further evidence that emotional responses are indeed hardwired and universal. His system of reading these emotions gave rise to the crime drama television series Lie to Me, starring a character based on Ekman. In 2012, he spoke at the Being Human conference in San Francisco.

Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the Obstacles to Psychological Balance and Compassion
Unmasking the Face
Emotions Revealed: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life
Telling Lies: Clues to Deceit in the Marketplace, Politics, and Marriage
What the Face Reveals
The Nature of Emotion: Fundamental Questions
Darwin and Facial Expression: A Century of Research in Review
Why Kids Lie: How Parents Can Encourage Truthfulness
Handbook of Methods in Nonverbal Behavior Research
The Face of Man

Emotion in the Human Face
Handbook of Cognition and Emotion

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