About the book
Our smiles are an unmatched social lubricant. At the right time it can save an uncomfortable social situation, but a nasty grin can also be used as a well-aimed attack. Our smiles are nothing but an emotional commodity! Here is the indispensable field guide that introduces us to the plethora of ambiguous smiles and more importantly, how to recognise the real and the fake varities.
Göran Everdahl and Per Naroskin poses questions such as: Which of the face’s 53 different muscles are needed to produce a smile? Why does nobody like a sycophant? Why are so many of us afraid of clowns? Why is it so difficult to smile on command? What is the point of dimples and how come a blissful smile is so scary?
Scientific facts are interspersed with cultural history and eye-openers which make it impossible not to smile. Join this exhilarating journey from old Etruscan statues to the devoutly smiling robots of the future.