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« on: August 16, 2009, 07:33:11 AM »

I have a friend in Japan I correspond with, and when she adds a smiley to show "happy", she types this (^_^)
I've always wondered why the mouth on her smiley doesn't smile, and today I discovered why.
Research has shown that people from East Asia focus their attention on a person's eyes as a means of interpreting their emotion, and as a result they have difficulty distinguishing facial expressions for different emotions where the eyes look similar (eg "surprised" vs. "fearful").
I wonder if this explains why the eyes are exaggerated and disproportionate in Japanese animations?

Here's the article:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/08/090813142131.htm
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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2009, 10:18:19 AM »

Interesting!  I wondered that myself.
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2009, 04:12:50 AM »

Well that makes sense.
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2009, 09:46:17 AM »

I wonder if this explains why the eyes are exaggerated and disproportionate in Japanese animations?

I''ve always wondered about the giant moths and such in the movies.  Fascinating
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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2009, 01:23:52 PM »

Fascinating! I think the same applies to a certain degree to Eastern European culture. There's the saying "Eyes are the windows to the soul". I always look at people's eyes...therein can be found such  depth of emotion-whether joy or pain-and even clues as to the person's character. I find many western people in general very unsophisticated in their ability to read into the soul by observing facial expression compared to the more finely-tuned sensitivities of the Eastern European folks.
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