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E. Validating Darwin's Speculation About Pride

Narrator: This is Science Today. Psychologists at the University of California, Davis have found that the emotion of pride has it's own distinct facial expression and body language. Jessica Tracy, who led the study, says this puts pride on the short list of recognizable human emotions that have been scientifically identified.

Tracy: From a scientific perspective, there's the fact that Darwin speculated this in 1872. He said, of all the complex emotions, pride is the most likely to have an expression and yet, no one picked up on it and so I think it's kind of a neat thing, that we're sort of validating Darwin.

Narrator: Tracy discovered that unlike other facial expressions, such as happiness or anger, pride was not easily recognized unless body language was included.

Tracy: My hope is that it will sort of open things up a little bit more - who knows what more can come out if we look beyond the face. So my hope is that people will explore the possibility of other expressions that involve the body and see that the body can convey a lot. Studies that want to measure pride can now have a way of doing that.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.