A blank expression, also known as a poker face, is a facial expression characterized by neutral positioning of the facial features, implying a lack of strong emotion. It may be caused by a lack of emotion, depression, boredom, slight confusion (such as when someone refers to something which the listener does not understand), or may be a deliberate attempt to disguise one's emotions, such as when playing the card game poker.
The term poker face was used outside the game of poker by American sportswriters in the 1920s to describe a competitor who appeared unaffected by stressful situations (an important skill when playing poker for money, to avoid giving your opponent any tells about your hand). It is often used by mental health professionals to describe certain patient behaviors, and by marketers and salespeople during business negotiations.
- Judi James (2007). Poker Face: Mastering Body Language to Bluff, Read Tells and Win. Da Capo Press. p. 17. ISBN 1-60094-051-X.
- Richard D. Harroch; Lou Krieger (2011). Poker For Dummies. For Dummies. p. 22. ISBN 1-118-05358-3.
- Joey Lee Dillard (1985). Toward a social history of American English. Walter de Gruyter. p. 169. ISBN 3-11-010584-5.
- Arnold S. Goldstein (1981). The Complete Guide to Buying and Selling a Business. Penguin Group USA. p. 154. ISBN 0-452-26111-2.
- Jan Hargrave (2010). Poker Face: The Art of Analyzing Poker Tells. Kendall Hunt Pub Co. ISBN 0-7575-7789-X.
- David Naimark; Ansar Haroun (2011). Poker Face in Mental Health Practice: A Primer on Deception Analysis and Detection. W W Norton & Co Inc. ISBN 0-393-70699-0.
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