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Researchers classify the most effective flirtatious cues including slight smiles and head tilts

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When it comes to flirting, it's all in a look. Women give specific facial cues when they're flirting, according to researchers at the University of Kansas. The team used the Facial Action Coding System (FACS) to identify the most recognizable flirtatious facial expressions. The technology, which describes facial movements, showed the most effective flirting cues include a head turned to one side and tilted down slightly, a slight smile, and eyes turned forward toward the target. Flirting is one of the key components of human sexuality, but it's only just begun to be analyzed by scientists.

Scientists reveal the tactics people use most to stop themselves CHEATING

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Scientists have revealed the tactics people use most to stop themselves from cheating with their partners. A survey of more than 350 people found having more sex with your partner is the most popular method, followed by distancing yourself from the alluring person. But hard luck if you're struggling with feelings of temptation - researchers said none of the tactics used were effective at preventing infidelity. Researchers at the University of New Brunswick asked 362 heterosexual adults how they had staved off temptations to cheat while in a relationship. Seventy-five per cent of the study's respondents, who were aged between 19 and 63, selected'relationship enhancement' as their primary tactic.

Psychologist Judi James reveals art to travel etiquette and 'seat buddying'

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When you travel solo on a plane, train or bus it's always pot luck as to who you'll be sitting next to. Sometimes your surprise travel buddy can turn into a new friend or business associate while at other times you can't wait to disembark to escape relentless conversation, loud music or bad odours. But when it comes to the etiquette of managing a stranger by your side, what is the best way to go? Psychologist Judi James tells MailOnline Travel that it's essential to read body language - and put on clear displays, putting your'dog face' on if you want to shoo someone away or getting humorous if you want to make friends or flirt. When you travel solo on a plane, train or bus it's always pot luck as to who you'll be sat next to (file image) James says the top sign that someone doesn't want to engage in conversation is when they show their'dog face'. Explaining the facial deterrent she says: 'It's the blank, deadpan expression that we use when we are on transport and in lifts where we are invading social spacial zones with strangers and want to announce we mean no threat and prefer to be invisible.

Secret to successful flirting still lies in appearance rather than corny chat up lines

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The secret to successful flirting still lies in appearance rather than corny chat up lines -- but women also like intelligence and tenderness in a man, a study found. Experts from Cyprus surveyed more than 800 volunteers -- finding that men and woman both fall for people who are good looking, well dressed and charming. Men are reportedly seen as particularly good catches if their appearance and what they said suggested that they were possessed of intelligence and wealth. The researchers also found that the gentle approach worked best -- with a suitor who was polite, respectful and did not'move too fast' likely to be more successful. The findings could help counsellors and psychologists deal with clients who have confidence issues, or problems with social interaction.

Researchers Use Machine Learning Algorithm To Pinpoint Brain Activity That Decodes Facial Expressions


A team of researchers at Ohio State University pinpointed the area of the brain that recognizes human facial expression. Their recent study reveals that this region - the posterior superior temporal sulcus (pSTS) - is on the right side of the brain behind the ear. The study utilized functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to identify the pSTS as the region that is activated when their test subjects viewed images of people making various kinds of facial expressions. Using the subjects' fMRI images and comparing them to facial muscle movements in test photographs, the team created a map of pSTS regions that activate for specific facial muscle groups In addition, the study revealed that particular neural patterns within the pSTS are used for specific facial movements, such as a furrowed brow. "That suggests that our brains decode facial expressions by adding up sets of key muscle movements in the face of the person we are looking at," said Aleix Martinez, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Ohio State and senior author of the study.