Every once in a while there is something happening on Jeopardy that draws national attention. Do you remember when humans battled it out with an AI? How about that guy who won 74 consecutive games? As far as game shows go, Jeopardy is definitely at the top of the list and recently Jeopardy has been getting more attention because of an exceptional contestant. Matt Jackson has been racking up the wins and cash (he is over $390,000… nothing to scoff at!). His rapport (or lack thereof) with Jeopardy host Alex Trebek is pretty to the point, but I think he is notable for two reasons. First he has a killer victory catchphrase that has already been immortalized by a fan. Secondly, during his introduction at the beginning of the episode he flashes how many victories he has and his stern face gradually begins to unfold into a toothy grin. We absolutely love his smile, but a lot of people find it pretty strange. Why is that?
Although it is in some ways a uniquely American trait, smiling has evolved over millions of years, and is said to be the most recognizable facial expression in the world. After all, we do not run away from someone who is smiling at us (given normal circumstances). While there are plenty of variations to your typical smile, it usually can be broken down into three different styles: the commissure smile, the cuspid smile, and the complex smile. Now Matt Jackson actually falls into the commissure smile group, which happens to be the most common (67% of the population). This is because we see the corners of his mouth gradually go up and out before his upper lip contracts and reveals those pearly whites. Luckily his extremely slow mouth movement helps us in identifying that, and this may actually be why some people find his smile pretty odd, especially with such a stern initial expression at the start.
Is your smile ready for TV, or do you think that people would flip the channel on you?
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