Here’s The Most Effective Flirting Expression According To Science, Study Finds


  • Researchers outline three elements of most effective flirtatious look
  • Study concludes that flirting has the same weight as other widely-studied emotions
  • Result of the study could contribute to today’s debate on consent

By using the Facial Action Coding System (FACS), a team of researchers from the University of Kansas (KU) was able to identify the specific flirtatious look from women that proved to be the most effective cues for men. 

In the study published in the Journal of Sex Research, the team determined three elements that made the most obvious flirting cues for men to tell that the females are interested in them. These three elements are —

  • Head turned to one side and tilted down slightly
  • A slight smile
  • Eyes turned forward toward the implied target

To conduct the study, the researchers asked women volunteers to show them their most flirtatious look when conveying their romantic or

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