Paul Ekman Group

Paul Ekman Group


All of our online training tools for purchase and preview are listed here. They can be accessed via your web browser from anywhere with a wifi connection. Check out the drop-down menu for more information on each item.

Micro and Subtle Expression Training

We are the industry leader in micro and subtle expression training tools. Our Ekman-designed and -endorsed trainings, built on 40 years’ published research, improve your ability to ‘read’ others.

  • METT 3.0 / SETT 3.0 Combo

    $138 $99

    Now tablet-compatible! When used together, these tools will significantly improve your ability to recognize micro and subtle expressions of emotion.

    CEU’s are now available! Click here for instructions. 

  • Ekman METT 3.0


    Ekman Micro Expression Training Tool 3.0 will improve your accuracy to spot micro expressions. Recently updated with audio tips from Dr. Paul Ekman, this tool provides new and improved Learning and Practice sections.

    Instant access online after purchase, one year license.

  • Ekman SETT 3.0


    Ekman Subtle Expression Training Tool 3.0 will train you to see the very “mini” expressions that often appear in just one region of the face.  It has been recently updated with new faces, as well as new and improved Learning and Practice sections.

  • Ekman FACE Suite


    The Ekman FACE Suite includes eMETT 3.0, eSETT 3.0, eMETT Profile and eMETT Plus. We highly recommend this package for people interested in achieving the highest accuracy possible in spotting micro and subtle expressions of emotion for both frontal and profile views of the face.

  • Ekman METT PLUS


    Ekman Micro Expression Training Tool Plus will help you achieve the maximum skill level and percent accuracy score that is possible for you with eMETT training by using the three extended practice sections and tests in METT Plus.

  • Ekman METT Profile


    Ekman Micro Expression Training Tool Profile teaches you how to recognize micro expressions when you have a profile (side) view of the person of interest. This training is useful for surveillance or in conferences with more than one person. METT Profile should be used AFTER having used eMETT 3.0.


Responding Effectively to Emotional Expressions

Our new emotional skills training tool – Responding Effectively to Emotional Expressions (RE³) – focuses on a central core of emotional intelligence. Our first suite of training tools – which included METT and SETT – opened your eyes to recognizing concealed emotions and learning how to spot when an emotion is just emerging. Once you know how someone is feeling, RE³ is the next step.

Now you can learn how to best initially respond to a person’s emotions during difficult exchanges. To our knowledge, no one has ever provided online training to acquire this vital skill.

  • RE³ Complete Combo


    You’ll learn the most by using all three. We encourage you to try each demo to see how to best respond to the various emotional expressions.

  • RE³ Family


    In RE³ Family, a parent gives unwelcome news to his or her adolescent offspring.

  • RE³ Work


    In RE³ Work, a supervisor gives unwelcome news to an employee.

  • RE³ Criminal Justice


    In RE³ Criminal Justice, an interrogator tries to get a suspect to give an honest account.


The following image sets provide a selection of the most popular images used in Paul Ekman’s original research.  Each set of photographs highlights facial features which express a specific emotion; these images are still used in academic studies today.

The copyright for these images belongs exclusively to Paul Ekman. Photographs are priced and licensed accordingly. Purchase of these image sets entitles users to include them in noncommercial (academic research) publications or for personal use.  You may not distribute the photos to third parties. If you require information on commercial licensing rights, please contact us before publication.

All image sets are purchased as a downloadable zipped file at available resolutions.  Please see details about image size, file format and other normative data.

  • $175

    Pictures of Facial Affect (POFA)


    The POFA collection consists of 110 photographs of facial expressions that have been widely used in cross-cultural studies, and more recently, in neuropsychological research. All images are black and white.  A brochure providing norms is included with the collection.

  • $100

    Emotions Revealed Photo Set

    Enjoyment - SlightFear - SlightFearHappinessNeutralSadness - SlightSadnessSurprise 1Surprise 2Anger - SlightAngerContempt 1Contempt 2Disgust - SlightDisgust

    This collection contains fifteen black and white photographs from Paul Ekman's book 'Emotions Revealed.' This set includes one neutral expression and two each of the seven different emotions.

  • $85

    Duchenne/Non-Duchenne Smile Photos

    Duchenne smile 1Duchenne smile 2duchenne2smilesA paul 23B paul 17

    These photographs demonstrate the difference between the true enjoyment smile, and the social smile. This collection consists of two black and white photographs and two color photographs.

  • $100

    Unmasking the Face Photo Set


    This collection of seven black and white photographs from Paul Ekman’s book ‘Unmasking the Face’ illustrate each of the seven universal emotions – anger, fear, disgust, contempt, surprise, sadness, and happiness.

  • $175

    New Guinea Man Photo Set 1

    Neb Symposium HappyNeb Symposium SadNeb Symposium AngerNeb Symposium Disgust

    This collection was first used in the 1971 Nebraska Symposium on Motivation where Paul Ekman presented on Universal and Cultural Differences in Facial Expressions of Emotion. The collection includes four black and white photographs in which members of a Stone Age tribe from New Guinea were asked to pose emotions.

  • $175

    New Guinea Man Photo Set 2

    2 NG-B2 NG-C2 NG-D2 NG-A

    This collection of four black and white photographs show members of a Stone Age tribe from New Guinea posing expressions of happiness, anger, disgust and sadness. These images were first used by Paul Ekman in the Afterword which appeared in his edited edition of ‘Darwin’s Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals.’ These photos are often used to illustrate the universality of emotional expression.