Does Dr. Ekman donate materials for research projects? Leave a Comment

Per Dr. Paul Ekman’s request, select photograph sets are provided free of charge for approved research projects. The criteria for approval are related to the topic of the research project and its relevance to our field.

For approved research, donated photograph sets will carry a one-time administrative fee for processing. Administrative fees are as follows: $75 fee for photograph sets priced $199, $100 fee for photograph sets priced $299. The “Pictures of Facial Affect” photo set cannot be donated.

Note that the review and approval process can take up to two weeks, and not all applications are approved.

To request donations of research materials, please send an email to with the following information:

  • Contact name
  • Contact email
  • Institution
  • Researcher position/year
  • Supervisor for this project
  • Supervisor email
  • Research title
  • Abstract
  • Photograph sets(s) requested
Paul Ekman is a well-known psychologist and co-discoverer of micro expressions. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine in 2009. He has worked with many government agencies, domestic and abroad. Dr. Ekman has compiled over 50 years of his research to create comprehensive training tools to read the hidden emotions of those around you.

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