The British smile is judged more genuine than the American in a new study from the Univeristy of California. There is impressive evidence to back up the difference. The psychology professor who authored the study correctly identified the nationality of 14 out of 15 people, just from their smiles.
About the author
Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.
He has been writing about scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book “Making Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2003) and several ebooks:
- Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion
- The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic
- Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything
- Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do
‘Restrained but dignified’ is how the study describes the British smile. It tends to show the lower teeth and create a crinkle around the eyes, whereas a typical American shows more teeth and doesn’t reach the eyes. Perhaps Americans are just more proud of their dental work than us Brits – something they’ve been telling us for years…