The TV program ‘Lie to Me’ catapulted Paul Ekman to the world stage. He served as the scientific advisor for the program and it helped popularize some of the science he has spent his career researching.
Dr. Paul Ekman has spent 40 years researching human emotions and deception detection. Today this pioneer’s findings are central to what we understand about emotional intelligence and credibility assessment. His extensive scientific research has him regarded as one of the most eminent psychologists of the 20th Century, and his ability to read others has earned him the reputation of ‘the best human lie detector in the world’.
Some of Ekman’s recent work emerges from his close relationship with the Dalai Lama, who he has spent more than fifty hours in one-on-one conversation with. This undertaking marks Ekman’s trajectory from establishing universals in the expressions of emotion to elucidating individual differences in how emotions are experienced.
“Lie To Me” is the compelling drama inspired by the scientific discoveries of a Dr. Paul Ekman who can read clues embedded in the human face, body, and voice to expose the truth and lies in criminal investigations. Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) is the world’s leading deception expert. If you lie to Lightman, he’ll see it in your face and your posture or hear it in your voice. If you shrug your shoulder, rotate your hand or even just slightly raise your lower lip, Lightman will spot the lie. By analyzing facial expressions and involuntary body language, he can read feelings ranging from hidden resentment to sexual attraction to jealousy. His work gives him the knowledge and skill set to expertly deceive others as well as detect lies.
“Lie To Me” creator and initial executive producer, Samuel Baum, enlisted the consulting help of Dr. Ekman, who has contracted himself with the Secret Service, the Department of Homeland Security as well as every government agency to consult in deception-related fields.
Dr. Ekman served as scientific consultant for the film ‘inside out’ so that it could accurately portray how emotions work inside a person’s head and at the same time shape a person’s outer life with other people.At the core of the movie is the question of how do emotions govern the stream of consciousness? How do emotions color our memories of the past? “Inside Out” is about how five emotions – personified as the characters Anger, Disgust, Fear, Sadness and Joy – grapple for control of the mind. Riley, the central character of the movie, personality is principally defined by Joy, and this is fitting with what we know scientifically. Studies find that our identities are defined by specific emotions, which shape how we perceive the world, how we express ourselves and the responses we evoke in others. But the real star of the film is Sadness, for “Inside Out” is a film about loss and what people gain when guided by feelings of sadness.Its central insight: Embrace sadness, let it unfold, engage patiently with a preteen’s emotional struggles. Sadness will clarify what has been lost (childhood) and move the family toward what is to be gained: the foundations of new identities, for children and parents alike.
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