New research calls into question the very foundations of emotion science. It's a concept that had become universally understood: humans experience six basic emotions -- happiness, sadness, anger, fear, disgust, and surprise -- and use the same set of facial movements to express them. What's more, we can recognize emotions on another's face, whether that person hails from Boston or Borneo. The only problem with this concept, according to new research, is that it isn't true at all. Researchers have found that even basic human emotions are in fact not universally perceived.
Via Gerald Carey