What It Means If You Have Resting Bitch Face, According To Science

February 22, 2016 by Sara Alderman
shefinds | Style

Have you ever been told you have resting bitch face? Well, it actually isn’t a bad thing. Scientists just proved that RBF is, in fact, real, and it actually means you have more emotions than other people.

Abbe Macbeth and Jason Rogers from Noldus Information Technology, a company that creates software for observational and behavioral research, used FaceReader software to analyze the “IDGAF” expressions of Kristen Stewart, Kanye West and Anna Kendrick. They concluded that these celebrities were showing underlying emotions in their expressions that were not present in those who don’t have RBF.


Here’s how it works: the software determines the percentage of underlying emotion in a person’s face based on a neutral expression–no smiling! On average, a person who does not have RBF will register at 97% neutral on the software, with about 3% of underlying emotions (happy, sad, angry, etc.). However, those who have RBF may show up to 6% of underlying emotions, with the most popular being contempt.

But don’t worry just yet–having RBF doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t stand the world. Macbeth tells CNN, “Eastern European people are seen as very stoic and not showing a lot of emotion and … a lot of the people touted as having RBF are women.” So really, characteristics like gender and culture play a role here.

Want to know if you have RBF once and for all? Test your photo with the Noldus software here.

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Sara Alderman has covered topics from fashion to beauty and beyond.

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