Eyebrow flash

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The eyebrow flash is an unconscious social signal, wherein a person, wishing to approach another whom they recognize and are preparing for social contact, raises their eyebrows for approximately one-fifth of a second.[1][2] People generally return an eyebrow flash, unless it was given by someone whom they do not know, or someone who looks away immediately after.[3] The message must be interpreted in context. Psychologists and sociologists say that eyebrow raising can be a reaction to fear or surprise.[4]


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  2. ^ "SIRC guide to flirting". Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Hinde, Robert (1975). Non-verbal communication. Cambridge University Press. p. 300. ISBN 0-521-29012-0. Retrieved 12/3/2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ Kelleher, Kathleen (19 August 1996). "In the World of Psychology, the Eyebrows Surely Have It". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 December 2011.