Fierce—or faking it?

Soccer players, take note: While your phony grimace of pain may fool your fellow humans, today’s computers are now on to you.

Researchers have designed sophisticated new software able to recognize the distinction between genuine or faked pain—better, even, than we humans do ourselves. Ever-improved facial recognition systems may be the first time a computer has trumped the species that created it at interpreting human emotions.    —Diane Richard, writer, May 1


Which face is expressing genuine pain?*

Image: Kang Lee, Marian Bartlett

Source: Jan Hoffman, “Reading Pain in a Human Face,” The New York Times,April 28

* Answer: B & C