Saturday, April 30, 2011
New Book is Released: The Silent Language of Leaders: How Body Language Can Help--or Hurt--How You Lead
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Friday, April 29, 2011
While they both showed great grace, they were also very nervous. In the above video you can see them both fidgeted repeatedly and their blink rate is a sure sign they were feeling the pressure of performing without blunders.
One thing I noticed is how William is very connected to Kate, and cares deeply for Kate you can see this in the way he helped her several times, was always mindful of being there for her, and the way he held her hand.◦
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Thursday, April 28, 2011
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Friday, April 22, 2011
You would have know that this was going to happen if you visited my site 6 months ago...
You can read my original post in September.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
There are people who for a variety of reasons are always moving their legs or feet.
I even have seen a commercial for a pill to reduce this effect, which is a little crazy, unless it is for strictly neurological reasons that the shaking occurs, if not the drug companies are once again treating the symptom instead of the root cause.
Most often this movement is a result of excess adrenaline in the system, and the person is subconsciously burning off the adrenaline.
I have seen this occur because there was excessive internal struggles in a male individual who was going through the gender reassignment process. When he was dressed as a male would constantly be moving his legs and when dressed as a woman her legs would be perfectly calm- the individual never knew this, but it was clear to me he/she was making a decision that he/she felt most comfortable with.
I have also seen this with a person playing poker when they just had been dealt a big hand.
It is likely the judge in this high profile case knows that his every move and word will be documented, and recorded, and analyzed, and his system is either creating nervous energy or he is experiencing general excitement that shows in his body language in the form of lower body movements.◦
Monday, April 18, 2011
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Friday, April 15, 2011
People vicariously experience embarrassment when observing others' public pratfalls or etiquette violations. In two consecutive studies we investigated the subjective experience and the neural correlates of vicarious embarrassment for others in a broad range of situations. We demonstrated, first, that vicarious embarrassment was experienced regardless of whether the observed protagonist acted accidentally or intentionally and was aware or unaware that he/she was in an embarrassing situation. Second, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), we showed that the anterior cingulate cortex and the left anterior insula, two cortical structures typically involved in vicarious feelings of others' pain, are also strongly implicated in experiencing the ‘social pain’ for others' flaws and pratfalls. This holds true even for situations that engage protagonists not aware of their current predicament. Importantly, the activity in the anterior cingulate cortex and the left anterior insula positively correlated with individual differences in trait empathy. The present findings establish the empathic process as a fundamental prerequisite for vicarious embarrassment experiences, thus connecting affect and cognition to interpersonal processes.
“When we are living with people who have a delicate sense of propriety, we are in misery on their account when anything unbecoming is committed. So I always feel for and with Charlotte when a person is tipping his chair. She cannot endure it.” [Elective Affinities, J. W. Goethe].
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Thursday, April 7, 2011
New Research: Something in the way we move: Motion dynamics, not perceived sex, influence head movements in conversation.
Something in the way we move: Motion dynamics, not perceived sex, influence head movements in conversation.
Boker, Steven M.; Cohn, Jeffrey F.; Theobald, Barry-John; Matthews, Iain; Mangini, Michael; Spies, Jeffrey R.; Ambadar, Zara; Brick, Timothy R.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance - Online First Publications & Volume 37, Issue 2
Abstract: During conversation, women tend to nod their heads more frequently and more vigorously than men. An individual speaking with a woman tends to nod his or her head more than when speaking with a man. Is this due to social expectation or due to coupled motion dynamics between the speakers? We present a novel methodology that allows us to randomly assign apparent identity during free conversation in a videoconference, thereby dissociating apparent sex from motion dynamics. The method uses motion-tracked synthesized avatars that are accepted by naive participants as being live video. We find that 1) motion dynamics affect head movements but that apparent sex does not; 2) judgments of sex are driven almost entirely by appearance; and 3) ratings of masculinity and femininity rely on a combination of both appearance and dynamics. Together, these findings are consistent with the hypothesis of separate perceptual streams for appearance and biological motion. In addition, our results are consistent with a view that head movements in conversation form a low level perception and action system that can operate independently from top–down social expectations. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2011 APA, all rights reserved)
You can find the entire papre online.◦
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