Eyes Wide Open – Pupil Dilation and Important Information

Eyes Wide Open – Pupil Dilation and Important Information Christopher Philip In a study by researchers Robert Ariel and Alan Castel, it was found that pupil dilation was greater when people studied high-value information over low-value information. The study was…

Do Displacement Activities Help Children Cope?

Do Displacement Activities Help Children Cope? Christopher Philip In research led by Giulia Pecora, Sapienza Università di Roma, Rome, Italy it was found that children aged 2-4 increased rates of displacement behaviours including touching the face when they were prohibited…

How And When Do Children Learn “No?” – Denial Gestures By Development

How And When Do Children Learn “No?” – Denial Gestures By Development Christopher Philip One of the more obvious gestures we learn in our lives is “no.” We understand that when someone shakes their head left and right, that they…

Red – The Colour of Attraction

Red – The Colour of Attraction Jenny Galvao According to research done by Pavol Prokop of Trnava University and his associate Martin Hromada, the colour red is often purposely utilized by women to attract men and men also find red…

The Emotion Of A Collective Crowd – Emotions Really Are Contagious

The Emotion Of A Collective Crowd – Emotions Really Are Contagious Christopher Philip A group of researchers have found empirical evidence that people are quite attuned to emotional expressions in their immediate environment and often mimic expressions that they witness.…

Small Nonverbals For Big Results – A Heart Shaped Dish Leads To Higher Tipping

Small Nonverbals For Big Results – A Heart Shaped Dish Leads To Higher Tipping Christopher Philip French researcher Nicolas Guéguen, University de Bretagne Sud has found that adding a small and inexpressive nonverbal twist to serving leads to greater tipping…

How To Nonverbally Fix Embarrassment

How To Nonverbally Fix Embarrassment Christopher Philip In their paper, research led by Ping Dong, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, explains that feelings of embarrassment result “from a public action that observers would consider foolish or inappropriate.” In…

Attractiveness of Person Influenced by Shared Posture

Attractiveness of Person Influenced by Shared Posture Christopher Philip Some things are known and well studied. For example, we know that symmetry of a body is attractive, as is the relative length of the legs to body (long legs in…

Why You Should Grin And Bear It – The Psychological Benefits of Smiling When Facing Stress

Why You Should Grin And Bear It – The Psychological Benefits of Smiling When Facing Stress Christopher Philip Researchers Tara Kraft and Sarah Pressman, University of Kansas have found real evidence to support the idea that people really do successfully…

The Power of the Unsaid – How to Use Nonverbals to Affect Perception

The Power of the Unsaid – How to Use Nonverbals to Affect Perception Christopher Philip We understand the power of nonverbals, but which channel is actually more important; verbal or nonverbal? To test the relative strength of nonverbals, researcher led…

Yummm, Cinnamon-Bums – Courtship Success Boosted With Pleasant Odors, Study

Yummm, Cinnamon-Bums – Courtship Success Boosted With Pleasant Odors, Study Christopher Philip In a simple experiment by French researcher Nicolas Guéguen, Université de Bretagne-Sud, it was found that where you solicit for a date such as near a pastry or…

Contagious Yawning and The Mirror Neuron System

Contagious Yawning and The Mirror Neuron System Christopher Philip A team of researchers led by Nicholas Cooper, University of Essex, UK, have found that the contagiousness of yawning might have much to do with the human mirror neuron system. “Contagious…

You’re Gonna Fail That Test – How To Read the Body Language of Displacement Activities

You’re Gonna Fail That Test – How To Read the Body Language of Displacement Activities Christopher Philip Would it be at all surprising if I told you that I could tell definitively that you’re about to fail a test by…

Programmed to Avoid – How Nonverbals of Out-groups Inspire Thoughts of Danger

Programmed to Avoid – How Nonverbals of Out-groups Inspire Thoughts of Danger Christopher Philip So you’re walking down the street without much thought. You pass a few people whom you barely notice. Then, you come across a guy with tattoos,…

I Hate That Hot Bitch – How Sexy Dress Turns Women Mad

I Hate That Hot Bitch – How Sexy Dress Turns Women Mad Christopher Philip How men face rivals is salient, visible, measured, and well studied. Men normally use direct aggression to face down rivals. This makes this area of study…

Do Eye Glasses Really Make People Look Smart?

Do Eye Glasses Really Make People Look Smart? Christopher Philip Researchers Helmut Leder, Michael Forster, and Gernot Gerger, University of Vienna, designed a study to reexamine the eye glasses stereotype. They wanted to find out if eye glasses really do…

Body Markers of Egalitarianism – Muscularity and Physical Attractiveness

Body Markers of Egalitarianism – Muscularity and Physical Attractiveness Christopher Philip According to research led by Michael Price, Brunel University, UK, it is possible to predict a person’s beliefs about human egalitarianism based on two important visible characteristics. A person…

The Waist-Hip-Ratio, Midrift, Breasts and Buttocks In Female Physical Attractiveness

The Waist-Hip-Ratio, Midrift, Breasts and Buttocks In Female Physical Attractiveness Christopher Philip The sexiness of the female waist-hip-ratio has certainly not been understudied. It is well known that men universally prefer women whose waist is 30%-40% smaller than her hips…

The Function of Self Touch Body Language

The Function of Self Touch Body Language Christopher Philip When we’re hurt, we brace ourselves. For example, pinching your fingers in a door jam forces our hands together. Our healthy hand instinctively clasps the hand that is in pain. But…

Men’s Testosterone Affected By The Scent of a Woman

Men’s Testosterone Affected By The Scent of a Woman Christopher Philip Research by Saul Miller and Jon K. Maner, Florida State University have found that men respond hormonally to women’s potent reproductive scent. In their study, men were exposed to…

Leg Body Ratio – What’s Most Attractive?

Leg Body Ratio – What’s Most Attractive? Christopher Philip The leg-body-ratio or LBR is a generally understudied metric of human physical attractiveness in women. Despite this, it is agreed to be a salient factor in determining female attractiveness. LBR is…

To Freeze or Flee? How The Body And Mind Reacts To A Stressor

To Freeze or Flee? How The Body And Mind Reacts To A Stressor Christopher Philip Much has been written in the nonverbal literature suggesting that bodies might freeze when facing particularly disturbing emotional situations. It’s been said that the hands…