Jun. 2nd, 2017

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Yesterday I realized that my skill in Stupid Chiral Face Tricks is asymmetric:

  • I can raise my left eyebrow independently, but not my right [1]
  • I can sneer on the left side, but not the right
  • It turns out I can, upon attempting it, ever so slightly flare just my left nostril, but not my right (I can flare both at once quite easily)
  • I can wiggle my ears, and although I can't wiggle just one, I feel like I know how I would try to wiggle just my left one but would have no idea on the right
  • I can flip my tongue one direction but not the other

So the left side of my face is apparently way more expressive! That's cool, and weird, especially since I'm right-handed. It only seems to apply to chiral motions (motions that have left/right handedness to them) so it's not like I just have more limited range of motion on one side of face. Clearly what this calls for is... a poll!

Poll #18450 stupid face tricks (public)
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 8

Handedness? (if it's complicated, just answer according to your actual hands)

Left-handed
1 (12.5%)

Right-handed
7 (87.5%)

Ambidextrous
0 (0.0%)

Briefly list any chiral facial muscular skills

Your chiral facial muscular skills are:

I don't have any :-(
4 (50.0%)

Totally symmetric (perform equally on both sides)
0 (0.0%)

Consistently asymmetric (can only use left side for all, or right for all)
0 (0.0%)

A mix
4 (50.0%)

Do your chiral facial skills correlate with your handedness?

Yes, more skilled on same side as dominant hand
0 (0.0%)

Yes, more skilled on opposite side as dominant hand
2 (28.6%)

No clear correlation
2 (28.6%)

N/A due to ambidextrous / not spending enough time in front of the mirror doing silly things
3 (42.9%)

(For reasons, I am making this a public post, but the poll answers will only be visible to me; I will then strip off usernames and post the responses in a followup. There doesn't seem to be a way to automatically publish poll results minus usernames.)


[1] I can sort of raise my right one, but only by raising both while lowering my left one.

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