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Thought Moments (2004) is an anthropological short film in the style of cinéma vérité by Michael Simon Toon. [1] Toon, a former Buddhist monk, [2] titled Thought Moments after the Buddhist term for the mental states we experience when a physical or mental object enters the mind. [3] The film is used in the study of microexpressions, eye accessing cues, and the universality of facial expressions. [4]

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Toon (off camera) interviews a diverse sample of individuals in public places across the United Kingdom asking a set of ten simple but emotionally evocative questions. [5] [6] The film uses variable frame rates to highlight distinct emotions, as well as their sequence and timing, that each individual expresses within seconds or fractions of a second after being asked questions, such as "What do you love most?" "Are you happy or sad?" and "What are you afraid of?" [7]

Consistency of composition, lighting, and contrast facilitates the analysis of both the differences and similarities of the interviewees' facial expressions. [8] [9] Toon also released a version of the film with superimposed theoretical eye accessing cue chart. [10] Both versions are studied and reproduced by students of psychology in several languages. [11] [12] [13]

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