What do you call the act of pulling your hair back using your scalp muscles?

For instance, watch Nathan Fillion's scalp in this cut from Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog. Or, here's a less known but more obvious example.

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I don't think there's a single word for that. It's called flexing your scalp muscles, or contracting your scalp muscles, or simply moving your scalp:

It's interesting no one has mentioned this one yet: I can move my scalp. I can move my scalp forward and backwards without moving my ears or eyebrows.



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  • Yes, but what do you call it? "Hey, in that Dr. Horrible clip, you can really see Nathon Fillion <verb>ing!"; what's "<verb>"? Dec 2, 2015 at 13:54
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    I call it flexing those frontalis and occipitalis muscles causing scalp movement.
    – Rob BB3
    Dec 2, 2015 at 13:58

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