Computer Knows When You’re Faking Pain

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It looks like taking a sick day may get a lot harder. A UC San Diego research team says computer programs can tell the difference between genuine pain and fake pain a lot better than human beings:

Via Medical News Today:

They note that in social species like humans, faces have evolved to show valuable information in social contexts, and this includes expressions of emotions and pain.

However, “humans can simulate facial expressions and fake emotions well enough to deceive most observers,” says Prof. Kang Lee, senior author from the University of Toronto.

According to the study, there are two motor pathways in the brain that control facial movement:

  • Subcortical extrapyramidal motor system – which drives spontaneous facial expressions of felt emotions
  • Cortical pyramidal motor system – which controls voluntary (faked) facial expressions.

While humans are unable to consistently spot the subtle differences between the two, the team says a computer can.

“The computer system managed to detect distinctive dynamic features of facial expressions that people missed,” says Marian Bartlett, lead author from UCSD. “Human observers just aren’t very good at telling real from faked expressions of pain.”

  • Anarchy Pony

    And how long til they enjoy the sight of humans in pain?

  • BuzzCoastin

    a very useful tool for denying insurance claims
    and as wee all know
    computers are always right
    just google it and see

  • Noah_Nine

    a dedicated junkie would simply drop a cinderblock on his foot. nothing stands between a fiend and his sweet sweet vicodin…

    • Noah_Nine

      or her foot… junk stunts are not gender specific…

  • Guest

    wonder if this can be implemented in Google Glass ? 😉

  • frafri

    Wonder if this can be implemented in Google Glass during intimacy .

    • Matt Staggs

      Probably will be for use during “enhanced interrogations”.