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Captain Marvel Mocks Smile Critics with Blockbuster Opening Weekend

When the trailer debuted, Captain Marvel ran into a major obstacle. Trolls complained that the heroine Carol Danvers just didn’t smile enough. Instead, she seemed dour and that made the movie seem unappealing. Some people went so far as to photoshop images of the star, Brie Larson, to add a smile. This put the film [...]

Teeth Take Center Stage at the Golden Globes

The Golden Globes are seen as the official kickoff to the Hollywood awards season. They are known to be a night of pageantry, high fashion, and teeth. Well, they aren’t known for that last one. But this week, teeth were certainly in focus at the Golden Globe ceremony, and not because of another Katy Perry’s Embarrassing Smile Moment at the iHeart Music Awards

Smartphones Reduce Interactions and Smiles between Strangers

We know that smartphones are changing the way we interact with people around the world. Combined with social media, we are now able to interact with “friends” no matter where or when we find ourselves. We are also spending more time engaging with articles, games, and other distractions instead of engaging our immediate surroundings. But [...]

Smiling Is a Social Tool as Much as a Personal Expression

When we’re young, we’re taught that each expression shows a particular emotion: we frown because we’re sad, scowl because we’re angry, and, of course, smile because we’re happy. We’ve already seen how biochemistry inverts this a little bit: we’re partly happy because we smile. But now researchers are claiming that smiles aren’t [...]

By |September 12th, 2018|Smiles|

Smile and Jump Higher: Remembering Local Legend Donald McKayle

Modern dance pioneer Donald McKayle left a tremendous mark on the world of dance, partly through his teaching and outreach a the University of California at Irvine. He made his professional debut in 1948, and joined the UCI faculty in 1989. For nearly 30 years, he was a fixture of our community, a major positive [...]