About the Emotions

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Robert Plutchik’s diagram visualizes eight basic emotions: joy, trust, fear, surprise, sadness, disgust, anger, and anticipation. Of those eight, all but trust and anticipation are emotions captured through facial coding. (The other core emotion that facial coding can detect is contempt, a combination of anger and disgust.) The emotions are arranged both in contrasting pairs and by having similar emotions next to one another. Each petal shows differing levels of a given emotion.


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The chart below details Sensory Logic’s facial coding system, with four descending levels of happiness (from most to least intense), and positive versus negative surprise among the 12 emotional states. A simplified description is given for how each emotional state appears on faces, and its likely behavioral implications.