|The Card Players, Paul Cezanne, 1892|
The many facial muscles that are used to show emotion often cross cultural boundaries, such as the smile, which requires fewer muscles than anger. Communication with our facial expressions seems to be another gift of our Creator.
Even before they can say a word, newborn babies can “talk” with their faces. In fact, every human being has the ability to communicate in this language, with a range of expressions no other creature can match.To read the rest, click on "Facial Expressions—The Universal Language". Bonuses: look for the description of the "Elvis Muscle", and there's a short video at the end.
When we think of muscles, we generally think of the big ones in our arms and legs—under our voluntary control—which are attached at both ends to our skeleton and allow body movement. But the skin on our face has over 40 voluntary muscles that, among other things, allow us to move our skin around to create an amazing variety of facial expressions. These facial muscles originate in the skull bones but attach to the skin of the scalp, ears, neck and face. All facial muscles are controlled by the facial nerves that emerge from the skull behind our ears and split into five branches on each side of our head.