Malcolm Gladwell, a magazine journalist beloved by webloggers, has a fascinating article in the Aug. 5 New Yorker on reading facial expressions to detect lies and other incongruities. Researchers in the field have a habit of watching politicians on TV with the sound off.
San Francisco psychologist David Eckman says of one politician, "I was watching his facial expressions, and I said to my wife, 'This is Peck's Bad Boy.' This is a guy who wants to be caught with his hand in the cookie jar, and have us love him for it anyway. There was this expression that's one of his favorites. It's that hand-in-the-cookie-jar, love-me-Mommy-because-I'm-a-rascal look." One guess as to whom he's talking about.