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Question is pretty self-explanatory, and the emotion I'm trying to convey is concentration and confusion, like trying to understand a difficult theory. Thanks!

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Looking for ways in which to describe quizzical looks.

Edit thanks to the second comment: Random Example:

The students looked at the blackboard deep in concentration, pens clicking, brows furrowed, __________ as they tried to understand the equation

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    The category would be 'quizzical looks'. – AmI Nov 20 '18 at 21:54
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  • @Tonepoet much appreciated! – Joshua Ronis Nov 22 '18 at 2:25
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You could use the expression ‘scratching their heads’ which is an expression that describes the body language of people who are having difficulty understanding something.

For example ‘the professors are scratching their heads over the paper submitted by young Jenkinson, which seems to have challenged their existing theories’.

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'Frown' /noun/ means 'brows as an expression of displeasure'. According to Oxford Living Dictionary: A FROWN is 'A facial expression indicating disapproval, displeasure, or concentration, characterized by a furrowing of one's brows'. According to Merriam-Webster: FROWN: 1. an expression of displeasure 2. a wrinkling of the brow in displeasure or concentration.

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How about "frowning" or "knitted brows"? Frowning, according to the Merriam- Webster dictionary means "to contract the brow in displeasure or concentration" . Knitted brows means "to contract one's brows into wrinkles".

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