1.) Why Can’t I Log In?
We currently two separate training sites. We are working on streamlining this.
Access training tools purchased after March 26, 2013
Access training tools purchased before March 26, 2013
2.) What distinguishes METT and SETT?
METT and SETT have been proven to increase ability to recognize emotion, to benefit the detection of deception, and to benefit sales.
METT stands for Micro Expression Training Tool. SETT stands for Subtle Expression Training Tool. METT teaches recognition of concealed emotions. SETT teaches recognition of very small, subtle signs of emotion.
The METT tool flashes full facial expressions, while SETT flashes “mini” expressions – focusing on one specific region of the face – such as the eyes or mouth – at a time.
The METT suite has “Pre-Test,” “Training,” “Practice,” and “Post-Test” modes. SETT has “Learning and “Practice” modes.
3.) Which tool should I use?
Beginner: eMETT Lite, eMETT 3.0, or eSETT 3.0.
We recommend first time users start with eMETT 3.0 and then proceed to eSETT 3.0. The eSETT training includes smaller expressions focused on a single part of the face at one time, and helps back up the learning acquired with the eMETT training.
Intermediate: eMETT Plus.
If you have done some micro expression training and want to improve your score accuracy, we recommend eMETT Plus.
Expert: eMETT Profile
If you have trained in both micro and subtle expressions and reached your highest accuracy score, try the recently added eMETT Profile to learn to spot micro expressions from a profile view.
4.) Is the training available on CD or DVD?
No, all of our trainings are exclusively online. They utilize a web-browser interface.
5.) I’d like to score higher. Can I retake the test?
You can retake the training as many times as you like until expiration, one year from date of purchase. We recommend that you not take the post-test more than once per quarter. This way your score will not be affected by memorizing the faces and expressions.
6.) Can I share my account with others?
Our tools are licensed for individuals. We strictly prohibit sharing accounts.
7.) Do you have any different language versions of your tools available?
No, we only have tools in English at this time.
8.) I want in-depth training. What should I do?
Right now, the best place to go for online training is our Training Page.
For in-person training, our international branch has an active program. Please visit Ekman International to learn more.
Also, for in-depth study of the material, we recommend reading Emotions Revealed and Telling Lies, both by Paul Ekman.
9.) Can your training help with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) including Aspergers Syndrome?
Yes. Many individuals with ASDs have seen measured improvement in emotional recognition using METT and SETT training.
We recommend using the eMETT 3.0 training; skip the Benchmark and proceed to the training. eSETT 3.0 can be of additional benefit. For both programs, use the slow speed when given an option.
In some instances, this may even be too fast to be effective, in which case we recommend printing the facial expression photos and using them as flash cards. You can find a sequence of full-page photos in the back of Paul Ekman’s book, Emotions Revealed. In addition, we hope to develop an online training tool specifically for ASDs.
10.) Do you have any training in body language available?
There will be a forthcoming training module that incorporates this available on our website. Release date is unknown at this time.
In the meantime, this article from 1979 entitled “Measuring Hand Movements,” will give you more information on the topic.
11.) How do I become a lie detector like Dr. Cal Lightman on “Lie to Me”?
There is no actual lie detection career. However, you can learn detection skills by training with our Micro Expression Training Tool (METT) and Subtle Expression Training Tool (SETT). Once you have acquired these skills, they can be used in many different careers.
- Many law and security enforcement professionals benefit from these skills.
- Teachers use the skills to better understand their students.
- Doctors and other medical professionals may need to know that their patients are telling them the truth so that they are able to diagnose them quickly and safely.
- Sales personnel find these skills useful in gaining sensitivity to clients’ needs.
- Managers are able better understand their employees.
Most researchers in the field of facial expressions study some area of psychology, namely cultural, behavioral or social psychology.
Here is an article by Maureen O’Sullivan featured in Psychology Today for more explanation about careers in lie detection.
12.) How true/real is the science in “Lie to Me”?
Obviously the show “Lie to Me” was meant for entertainment. However, it is most important to Dr. Paul Ekman that people understand the differences between the fact and the fiction. You can find his blog The Truth behind Lie to Me for each episode on FOX here
13.) What jobs can I apply for?
Again, there is no such job listing as “lie detector” but you can utilize this skill in most jobs where you are required to work with people.
14.) When will training tools for iPad be ready?
Soon. If you would like to be notified when these tools will be released, please create an account by clicking “Register” above.
15.) What new tools are you working on?
We are working now on a new interactive online procedure that couples can use to explore how they deal with disagreements, and more generally how each of them experiences and acts emotionally, and how well they understand each others’ way of being emotional. It is called Mapping your Anger Profiles or MAPS.
16.) Advice for advanced academic study in facial recognition
If you are in school, seek assistance from your school’s guidance or education counselor. These individuals are most able to tailor a response to your specific interests, goals and skills. If you are not in school, seek help from personnel at nearby colleges and universities for the same reasons.
At a basic level, we encourage you to seek a degree in Psychology with a specialization in emotions and/or behavior. Beyond this, the field is relatively new and continues to develop and change . Here are some tips and resources that we hope will help you on your way:
Research is a large component for the continuing development of this area of science.
One useful distinction for you to make is if your interest leans more towards FACS or microexpressions.
If you are drawn towards FACS, please make note that FACS is a tool that is used in many areas of research; thus you would do well to think about the kind of application of FACS you are interested in: e.g., psychology, public health, forensics, etc.
Whatever you are drawn to, we recommend that you learn about people currently doing research in your area of interest. This way, you will see what options are available to you. With discretion, you can contact researchers for advice and referrals.
One useful resource is the book, What the Face Reveals: Basic and Applied Studies of Spontaneous Expression Using the Facial Action Coding System (FACS), Second Edition, edited by Paul Ekman and Erika L. Rosenberg. The material may be of interest to your work. In addition, the authors of the chapters are specialists in the field and may be further resources for you.
Here are some additional colleagues of ours:
Robert W. Levenson, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
Director of the Institute of Personality and Social Research and the Berkeley Psychophysiology Laboratory
Dacher Keltner, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
Director of the Berkeley Social Interaction Laboratory
and Co-Director of the Greater Good Science Center
Daniel Cordaro, University of California, Berkeley. http://www.dtcordaro.com/
We wish you much success in your work and study. Thank you for your interest and your contribution.
17.) What is FACS?
FACS is an acronym which stands for the Facial Action Coding System.
FACS is a research tool useful for measuring any facial expression a human being can make. FACS is an anatomically based system for exhaustively describing all observable facial movement. Each observable component of facial movement is called an Action Unit or AU. All facial expressions can be broken up into their constituent AUs. The manual describes the criteria for observing and coding each AU and describes how AUs appear in combinations. The CD-based manual (2002) is an exhaustive description of facial behavior in terms of AUs and their combinations.
Since its first publication in 1978 by Ekman & Friesen, the FACS manual has been designed to be self-instructional. That is, people would read the manual, do practice coding with video images, and eventually take a final test for certification. Typically, this self-instruction takes about 100 hours, but frequently more, and many people take months to complete the training. Dr Ekman has always recommended training in groups, and researchers who have trained with him often encourage their students to learn in groups. As the manual is long and tedious, many people benefit from interaction with others in learning the material.
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18.) More information: FACS
We do not currently administer FACS. Please use the resources below and direct any further inquiry to
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