Facial expressions are a universal language of emotion, instantly conveying happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and much more.
Reading these expressions is essential to compassion and empathy.
Take this short quiz to measure your emotional intelligence. Try to identify the emotion conveyed in each of the 20 photos. Each answer will pinpoint the exact muscles involved in that emotion and explain the subtle differences between expressions, drawing on pioneering research by psychologists Paul Ekman and Dacher Keltner. Some emotions appear more than once.
When you’re done, share your score and have friends take the quiz—and watch for our forthcoming empathy training tool, designed to improve your score.