Researchers categorized the most effective bubbly signals, including a light smile and tilt of the head.


Can you tell when someone is flirting? Researchers have categorized the most effective facial cues including light smile and tilt of the head.

  • Scientists found that women used facial expressions to show romantic interest, including tilt of the head, direct eye contact, and light smile.
  • In one study, these signs were almost universally recognized by men.
  • They are distinctly different from similar expressions, such as a regular smile
  • While flirting is an important component if human sexuality, it is only now being studied

When it comes to flirting, it’s all at a glance.

According to researchers at the University of Kansas, when women molest, there are specific facial cues.

The team used the Facial Action Coding System (FACS) to identify the most recognizable facial expressions.

The technique that described facial movements involved the most effective manipulation gestures, with one head folded to one side and slightly tilted down, a slight smile, and eyes moving toward the target.

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Researchers at the University of Kansas found that some female facial expressions – to tilt a head and maintain eye contact – were almost universally recognized as manipulated by men.

Flirting is one of the major components of human sexuality, but it is only to be analyzed by scientists.

“There are very few scientific articles that have systematically studied this famous phenomenon,” said Omri Gilath, a psychologist at the University of Kansas and co-author of the report, published in the Journal of Sex Research.

‘None of these studies have identified the facial expression of molestation and tested its effects.’

Gilath said an analysis of half a dozen studies found that women’s facial expressions non-verbally reflected romantic or sexual interest, and that men were able to represent those manipulating gestures.

A woman's molestation cue is different from a similar expression like a regular smile, psychologist Omri Gilath said.  'It has a unique morphology'

A woman’s molestation cue is different from a similar expression like a regular smile, psychologist Omri Gilath said. ‘This is a unique morphology’

He explained that the look is different from similar expressions, such as smiling, that is not always part of flirting.

“It has a unique morphology,” Gilath said.

In the studies, women were asked to propose instinctively what they thought was a flirtatious expression or to follow the researchers’ instructions on what to give.

The participants were a mix of professional actresses and regular volunteers.

Some women were more effective at expressing a ‘bubbly’ facial ring, and some men were better at recognizing it, but some expressions were successfully identified as flirting by almost all men.

After identifying these most commonly identified manifestations of flirting, researchers used them in experimental studies.

“Our findings support the role of flirtatious expression in communication and mating initiation,” said Gilat.

‘For the first time, we were not only able to isolate and identify the expressions representing molestation, but we were also able to activate their function – relationships and sex-related associations.’

A May study also indicated that visual signals played a more important role than pickup lines when manipulated.

Experts at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus surveyed more than 800 volunteers and found that both men and women said they were more likely to react to an attractive person who looked good and dressed well.

Other symptoms – such as carrying an air of mystery or appearing determined – were significant, but ranked low.

In a report published in the Journal of Personality and Individual Difference, the authors indicated, ‘making good eye contact and having a good smell will make tampering more effective.’

‘Women rated non-verbal behavior and a benign attitude as more effective at them, whereas men rated as good as more effective.’

Older participants reacted better than a suicidal in a respectful and polite manner.

The report states, “Flirting is an important aspect of human interaction for building intimate relationships.”

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