Abstract

A complete model of smile interpretation needs to incorporate its social context. We argue that embodied simulation is an unlikely route for understanding dominance smiles, which typically occur in the context of power. We support this argument by discussing the lack of eye contact with dominant faces and the facial and postural complementarity, rather than mimicry, that pervades hierarchical relationships.

Authors
L. Huang and Adam Galinsky
Format
Journal Article
Publication Date
Journal
Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Full Citation

Huang, L. and Adam Galinsky
. “No mirrors for the powerful: Why dominant smiles are not processed using embodied simulation.”
Behavioral and Brain Sciences
vol.
33
, (January 01, 2011):
448
.