The ability to pick up nonverbal cues has saved high-profile politicians from uttering unnecessary apologies and eradicated the need for digits solely dedicated to giving a thumbs-up. Unearth sub-epidermal emotions with today's Groupon: for $20, you get one admission to a three-hour Seeing Lab course, during which students learn to read microexpressions of the face (a $40 value). Classes are held on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at LifeLabs New York. Choose from the following dates: June 14, June 21, June 28, and July 12.
Employing an eclectic medley of researchers, authors, artists, and philosophers and lauded as one of New York magazine's best unconventional date-night ideas of 2011, the nonprofit LifeLabs New York crafts a hodgepodge of courses that impart real-life skills for grownup students. During the Seeing Lab, LifeLabs founder Dr. LeeAnn Renninger gifts oblivious eyeballs with the expertise to discern microexpressions, which are minute contractions of facial muscles that betray underlying emotions and dislodge fake mustaches. The foray into visage perception pre-tests pupils' people-reading prowess with the same imaging software used to trained detectives. After spending 2.5 hours unraveling the intricacies of countenance contortions with the help of scientific research conducted by Dr. Renninger and her colleagues, sentiment sleuths undergo a second test to determine their final mug mindfulness. Apt graduates can enhance compassion, awareness, and intuition, cutting through misleading guises to make interactions with friends and complete strangers less mysterious.
LifeLabs New York
Founded by Dr. LeeAnn Renninger, LifeLabs New York employs the expertise of scientists, artists, and experts in its wide curriculum of creative classes that teach practical life skills. Students learn how to read other's facial micro-expressions, become more engaging conversationalists, and use idea mapping and visual thinking to brainstorm more effectively. Weekly solo adventures, sent to participants via postal mail, set an itinerary for fun, creative missions designed to help adventurers notice new things and add new facets to their personalities.