She was completely flirting with you. “
“No, it wasn’t. She was polite,” another friend said.
Misunderstandings about flirting can potentially lead to annoyance and criticism of sexual harassment. How can we understand what it means when others smile at us? Is there a unique and identifiable facial expression that represents flirting? If so, what does it convey and how effective is it?
Flirting is often mentioned in the general media and examples are everywhere, but there is little scientific research on the topic of flirting, its underlying mechanisms and functions.
Currently, a new paper by a researcher based at the University of Kansas Journal of Sex Research Find out if certain facial clues that women use effectively to show interest in men are flirting.
Few scientific papers have systematically studied this famous phenomenon. None of these studies have identified and tested the effects of attractive facial expressions. “
Omri Gillas, Professor of Psychology, University of Kansas.
Gillas co-authored the dissertation.
Gillas’ collaborators were Parnia Haji Mohammady, PhD in Psychology at KU, and Erica Rosenberg of the University of California, Davis.
Researchers have found that internal conditions, such as romance and sexual interest in someone, can be conveyed through facial expressions to others rather than words.
In other words, a flirting work.
“Our six studies have shown that most men can perceive a particular woman’s facial expression as flirting,” Gillas said. “It has a unique morphology and is different from facial expressions with similar characteristics. For example, it is laughing but not identified as a flirting facial expression by men.”
In the study, women-some professional actresses and some volunteers in the community-voluntarily propose flirting expressions (similar to those used to draw attention from potential peers in bars). Or based on existing anthropological literature on what researchers have defined as flirting when asked to follow instructions.
Teams are effective in effectively communicating facial cues that are more appealing to others than others, while some men are better at recognizing this cue. I found. Beyond these individual differences, most, if not most, men have identified some expressions as flirting.
Researchers used the facial action coding system (FACS) to classify well-known flirtatious facial morphologies. By coding, the most effective flirting clues were that the head was turned to one side, slightly tilted, slightly smiling, and the eyes turned forward toward the implicit goal.
After identifying the most recognized expressions of these flirts, researchers used them in experimental studies.
“Our findings support the role of flirtatious expressions in communication and mating initiation,” Gillas said. “For the first time, not only were we able to separate and identify flirting expressions, but we were also able to clarify their function-we were also able to activate relationships related to relationships and sex. . “
The new paper puts flirting in the same category as other well-studied emotions and provides researchers with tools to further study the function of flirting. You can also give sometimes ignorant men a more specific way to understand if a woman really flirts, as in the example above.