The Emotion Connection app is designed to help you grow your ability to read other’s emotions and improve your connections with friends, family, and coworkers. The multi-platform app makes emotional connection accessible: practice while waiting for a meeting, on the treadmill, or during your lunch break. Opportunities to develop your emotional intelligence start here!

The app is simple to use. As you click play, watch a video of real facial expressions then pick the matching emotion between answer choices: happiness, anger, sadness, disgust, fear, smug, surprise, and normal. You can zoom in or restart the video if you need to rewatch it.

After you guess what emotion the person in the video experienced, you’ll receive a pop up bubble with answer tips if you answered incorrectly. You can also watch training videos, which will teach you what each emotion looks like on the face.

App features include:
-10 different people, both male and female, experiencing genuine emotions
-Feedback on wrong answers with an explanation
-Zoom-in capability
-Ability to play the video as many times as you need
-Teaching videos on different emotions

When we can understand what someone is feeling and thinking, we can understand their emotional experience and demonstrate empathy. When others see our empathy, they feel understood and an emotional connection is made. The ability to judge someone’s emotions can be learned, and can improve interpersonal and connection skills. When these emotions flash quickly on the face, they are sometimes called "microexpressions." They can occur in a fraction of a second and are not recognized consciously with an untrained eye.

Numerous studies show the benefits of being able to read someone’s emotional state. Research shows people with a higher emotional perception:
-Understand important information about the other’s intentions or goals
-Have increased aptitude ratings in jobs requiring interacting with others
-Handle interpersonal aspects in the workplace better
-Earn higher salaries
-Experience less burnout in teaching jobs

Emotional connection and empathy are important in both work and interpersonal relationships. In a 1966 study, Haggard and Isaacs showed microexpressions were observed in therapy between a therapist and client. When medical students were trained in this skill it increased perceived warmth, overall engagement in simulated patient encounters, and ultimately lead to higher satisfaction scores (Blanch-Hartigan, 2012). In the 1970s, Paul Ekman, made famous by the TV show “Lie to Me,” studied emotion extensively and showed that the there were emotions common across different societies. Other researchers have looked at facial expressions between mother and infants, showing how connection can lead to a stable attachment. Subsequently John Gottman recorded film of couples in therapy and using facial expressions and nonverbal behavior was able to discern if relationships would last or not!

Using this app is a first step towards learning this fundamental skill. For more information and more extensive training on how to read emotions and better connect with others, please visit

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What’s New

Version 1.1

-Ability to replay videos after given the correct answer
-Challenge friends through Apple Game Center
-“Emotion Reels” showing multiple emotions in a row
-Teachings on what to look for in the different emotions, how they are felt in the body, and the possible meanings of the emotions
-“Short Quiz” allows you to get a score faster to enhance feedback
-Share scores on social media through Apple Game Center

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
16 Ratings
16 Ratings

Exactly what I'd make to teach myself microexpressions

The app is super easy to use. It shows you videos of people showing microexpressions and you can replay these videos several times before choosing one of eight emotions. I like that when I get the emotion wrong (which is happening less and less often!) the app will tell me what to look for next time. I also can replay the video after I get answers wrong and kind of practice looking at the person's facial muscles.

This is pretty much the app I would build if I wanted to teach myself microexpressions. It's totally worth the money because I find myself being more careful to watch people in real life. I don't know if I'm getting a perfect read but I've found that I feel more in tune with others when they're speaking.

MrHill12 ,

I noticed myself improving the more I trained!

Not gonna lie, I was a bit frustrated while quizzing myself at first - I found it hard to recognize the nuances in facial expressions and I was getting 50% + wrong...but the more I practice, the more skilled I am getting at picking them out. Really cool to develop this as a skill, as it def can improve communication and help to understand others' emotions. Minor design improvements could prob help with flow, but doesn't take away from the purpose of the app. Love it.

Never pleased ,

Well-planned, well-executed, and extremely useful!

This app is a must for anyone studying micro-expression. The interface is clean, beautiful, and lends itself to efficient learning. The clips themselves are well-shot, and range in difficulty.

My favorite function is occurs when you answer incorrectly. A box pops up with the correct answer and a detailed list of physical markers associated with the micro-expression of that emotion. It then gives you the option to watch the clip again in order to observe those same markers! Because of this, I have been making steady improvement since downloading.

As a hypercritical person, I have been trying to think of essential improvements. I really couldn't come up with anything. This is an excellent, well-designed app that is simultaneously entertaining and educational.



Emotion Connection LLC
70 MB

Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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