Perhaps the most startling theory to come out of kinetics, the study of body movement, was suggested by Professor Ray Birdwhistell. He believes that physical appearance is often culturally programmed. In other words, we learn our looks—we are not born with them .A baby has generally unformed facial features. A baby, according to Birdwhistell, learns where to set the eyebrows by looking at those around—family and friends. This helps explain why the people of some regions of the United States look so much alike. New Englanders or Southerners have certain common facial characteristics that cannot be explained by genetics. The exact shape of the mouth is not set as birth, it is learned after. In fact, the final mouth shape is not formed until well after permanent teeth are set. For many, this can be well into adolescence. A husband and wife together for a long time often come to look somewhat alike. We learn our looks from those around us. This is perhaps why in a single country there are areas where people smile more than those in other areas. In the United States, for example, the South is the part of the country where the people smile most frequently. In New England they smile less, and in the western part of New York state still less. Many Southerners find cities such as New York cold and unfriendly, partly because people on Madison Avenus smile less than people on Peachtree Street in Atlanta, Georgia. People in densely populated urban areas also tend to smile and greet each other in public less than people do in rural areas and small towns.
1. Ray Birdwhistell believes that physical appearance ______.
A. has little to do with culture
B. can be influenced by culture
C. is ever changing
D. varies from place to place
2.According to the passage, the final mouth shape is formed ______.
A. before birth
B. as soon as one's teeth are permanently set
C. sometime after permanent teeth are set
D. around 15 years old
3.Ray Birdwhistell can tell what region of the United States a person is from by ______.
A. how much he or she laughs
B. how he or she raises his or her eyebrows
C. what he or she likes best
D. the way he or she talks