Men Better At Detecting a Phoney

British psychologists found that men are better at spotting fake emotions by looking at facial expression than women.


The experiment involved over 15,000 participants who were asked to view 10 pairs of photos. One smile in each pair was genuine and the other was fake. Before the experiment, the participants were asked to rate themselves on how intuitive they are in judging a person’s face. Women rated themselves much higher than man, 77 percent against 58 percent.

Yet, when the participants viewed the photos there was a little difference in men and women’s ability to detect a phoney, 72 and 71 percent respectively. However, men were better at detecting fake smiles in the opposite sex. Men detected 72 percent of fake smiles while women detected 67 percent. The report on this experiment appeared in The Psychological Science.

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