New study: wrinkles make faces appear sad & angry

According to a study from Penn State University, facial wrinkles make it more difficult to accurately judge another person's emotions. 

Study participants rated the emotions they perceived in photographs of 64 faces.  Despite the fact that all photographs depicted people with neutral facial expressions, the participants rated people with wrinkles as sadder and angrier than people without wrinkles.

Facial wrinkles tend to cause the corners of the mouth to drop, deepening the "nasolabial folds," and mimicking the look of a frown. They also cause vertical and horizontal furrows in the forehead, which can evoke the look of exasperation, fatigue, or anger.

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