The human brain registers smiley face emoticon as a real facial expression, reveals a new study.
The school of psychology researchers at the Australia' Flinders University in Adelaide found that when the series of punctuation used to create a smiley face were presented in the conventional digital communication manner, the pattern of brain activity was same as when someone sees a real smiling human face, the Independent reported.
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Dr Owen Churches said that there is no innate neural response to emoticons that babies are born with and before 1982 it wasn't known that a smiley emoticon would activate face sensitive areas of the cortex.
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