Felt versus Feigned Funniness: Issues in Coding Smiling and Laughing



A not-infrequent way to begin a treatise on humor is to state that although the “problem” has been with us for centuries, the “solution” remains as elusive as ever. Humor seems to evade our best attempts to explain it just as jokes lose something when they are explained. It is almost as if humor contains a mechanism designed to foil any attempt to capture its essence. But there appears to be agreement on at least one thing and that is that people laugh and smile when they find something funny. Although the causes and consequences of humor may be difficult to pin down, its manifestation is apparently beyond dispute.


Facial Expression Action Unit Nonverbal Behavior Nonverbal Communication Facial Action 
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