New Research Questions the Correlation Between Facial Expressions and Emotions

When we interact with others it is typically a back and forth based and reading cues and responding back. Smiles mean happiness—we smile in return. We think a frown must mean the other person is sad, so we attempt to make them feel better.

We believe in facial expressions so much some businesses are developing tools to rate their customers’ satisfaction through these expressions.

However new research suggest that not only are facial expressions not a reliable indicator of inner emotion but that they are completely unreliable, and we should never trust a face to tell us what someone is feeling.

Their research question was ‘can we really detect emotion from facial articulation?’

The researchers’ conclusion? No. We cannot.

The researchers focused on creating computer programs that analyze facial expressions. This allowed them to analyze the kinetics of muscle movement in the human face and compared those movements with a person’s emotions. The researchers found that their attempts to detect or define emotions based on a subject’s facial articulations were almost always wrong.

Researchers drew further deductions. First, that context and cultural background make a huge difference when it comes to facial expressions. They deduced that not everyone who smiles is happy and likewise not everyone who is happy smiles. They even took the extreme opinion that most people who do not smile are experiencing an average level of happiness.

Researchers noted, no one walks around all day with a smile on their face even if they are having a great day and are experiencing happiness for the bulk of it.

 

Have You Seen the Buckeye Man?

At the next Buckeyes football game you attend keep an eye out for the man with the buckeye bag. For three years Doug Malone has been passing out buckeyes from his bag to the Ohio State players as they enter the stadium headed to the locker room. Malone is a redcoat, an aid who performs special tasks for the Dept. of Athletics and attends to guests.

Malone’s father, Ronald, lost his life to cancer three years ago. Ronald started the pregame buckeye handout tradition thirteen years ago. Malone is picking up his father’s buckeye bag to honor him and carry on the ritual.

Malone states the first time he remembers his father passing out Buckeyes was a 2005 game against the University of Texas. The Malone’s were walking by the locker room and someone made a call that the defensive coordinator Luke Fickell needed a buckeye. Ronald had one.

After that Roland turned that one incident into habit and eventually into tradition. Ronald found buckeyes at a local park before every home game and brought them to the stadium.
The idea soon became reality. Ronald would go to a local park to pick up buckeyes and bring them to every game. The last game Ronald saw was against Michigan State.

Nowadays the ritual is a team effort. Malone passes out buckeyes found by other redcoats and some vendors who make and sell buckeye necklaces.

Counseling Reduces Cancer Recurrence, Says New Study

Breast cancer patients, two years after receiving diagnosis, have quadrupled their positive thoughts regarding the changes their bodies have gone through due to their illness, according to a new study.

Survivors who attended mentoring or counseling services designed specifically for cancer patients were found to have even more positive life changes. This particular study examined 160 women (all either had been diagnosed with stage 2 or 3 breast cancer) and were all treated in the Columbus area.

All the survivors who participated were part of the Immunity and stress Breast Cancer Program that looked into how effective counseling and intervention programs, designed by OSU, to help cancer patients handle the hurdles of their conditions and if counseling lowered the recurrence risks.

Previous research by the program had shown such programs did in fact reduce such risks.

Engineering Professor to Be Honored by NAE

The first female Buckeye, an engineering professor, will become a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Associate dean of research in the College of Engineering, Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska, will be one of eighty-six people to receive the Nation Academy of Engineering honor this year. The Academy honored Grejner-Brzezinska’s for her contributions in geodetic science and sat nav technology—including innovations integrating it with AI.

Beyond being the first female member of the NAE, she is only the 13th faculty member of Ohio State to be honored.

Membership in the NAE is one of the highest honors an engineer can be granted and are only received by those who have made stupendous achievements in engineering research, practical application or education. Those who are honored are pioneers in the fields who make significant advancements in both theory and implementation of new engineering.

Grejner-Brzezinska’s initial work helped create a more reliable GPS navigation. This body of work eventually lead to the GPS we enjoy in our smartphones today. More Recently her teams and she have created new navigation systems that leverage AI and image-based technology and do not rely on global positioning satellites alone.

 

Pizza ATM Opens on Campus at OSU

An innovative Pizza ATM is the most recent eating alternative for understudies at The Ohio State University.

The new Pizza ATM is situated on the second floor of Morrill Tower and is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for understudy dinner plan holders and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for general use.

Here’s the means by which it works: Pizzas are pre-made in a neighboring kitchen and accompany cheddar or pepperoni garnishes. They are then put away in a refrigeration unit inside the Pizza ATM. Additional garnish alternatives are normal later on.

At the point when a pizza is requested, it consequently moves to the ATM’s inward broiler and is prepared until the hull is fresh and the cheddar is softened. It normally takes around three to four minutes. A 10-inch pizza costs $8.