Unhappiness Is in the Eye of the Beholder

first_imgScience:A smile and a frown mean the same thing everywhere—or so say many anthropologists and evolutionary psychologists, who for more than a century have argued that all humans express basic emotions the same way. But a new study of people’s perceptions of computer-generated faces suggests that facial expressions may not be universal and that our culture strongly shapes the way we read and express emotions.The hypothesis that facial expressions convey the same meaning the world over goes all the way back to Charles Darwin. In his 1872 book The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, the famed naturalist identified six basic emotional states: happiness, surprise, fear, disgust, anger, and sadness. If facial expressions are just cultural traits, passed down through the generations by imitation, their meanings would have diverged by now, he argued.Read the whole story: Science More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

SRA bans litigator who falsified documents

first_imgA former employee at a top-25 firm has been barred from working in legal practices after he was found to have falsified documents.Brendan Ferris, a litigation executive at the DAC Beachcroft office in Bristol, was found by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to have misled clients.In a statement published on its website on Friday, the SRA said this included misleading clients about the status of court proceedings and in particular the service of two claim forms. He also misled a client in relation to whether an enquiry agent had been engaged.According to the statement, Ferris, of Southville, Bristol, was dismissed by the firm in October 2014 after working there for more than five years.The SRA has already issued a written rebuke for his conduct and has now stated it would be ‘undesirable’ for him to be involved in a legal practice.He may not be employed in any solicitor’s practice or by any solicitor without SRA permission in future.Ferris, who is not currently involved in a legal practice, was subject to an investigation by the SRA with an internal report from DAC Beachcroft also produced as evidence.last_img read more

Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute ri

first_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories “It was something that I’ve always intended to do,” Whisenhunt said. “It’s not anything that is unusual for me because I was given this same opportunity. It’s very similar to what I did with Todd [Haley] a number of years ago. Mike [Miller] has worked very hard to earn that opportunity and I think he’ll do very well in that role.”It’s an opportunity that Miller thinks will set him up for success. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 0 Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke TEMPE, Ariz. – The Arizona Cardinals promoted Mike Miller to the role of offensive coordinator Wednesday, completing the restructuring of the team’s coaching staff.Miller, who served as the team’s passing game coordinator the last two seasons, will likely serve as the primary play caller, a role head coach Ken Whisenhunt has filled since Todd Haley left to be the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs after the 2008 season.last_img read more