Birds of a Feather Sit Together: Nested Interests in Seating Preferences

Birds of a Feather Sit Together: Nested Interests in Seating Preferences Adelaide Manley Opposites don’t attract. In fact, we choose to sit beside people who are similar to us in subtle ways. Proximity and similarity are key to determining the…

Much More Than Duchenne In Real Smiles

Much More Than Duchenne In Real Smiles Christopher Philip Research led by Eva Krumhuber sheds some doubt on the both the lack of ability to fake a true Duchenne smile, as well as other people’s ability to read it. It…

Cry Me a River – Lies, Leaks and Not-so Lowly Tales

Cry Me a River – Lies, Leaks and Not-so Lowly Tales Adelaide Manley We all deceive. In fact, we’ve evolved to do so in our day to day lives. Most research investigating deception in the lab has involved irrelevant or…

Body Language Cues from the Terrible Twos

Body Language Cues from the Terrible Twos Adelaide Manley Dr. Karen Caplovitz Barrett at Colorado State University was interested in knowing if 17-month-old children were capable of displaying common social emotion behaviours. This includes guilt, shame, embarrassment, and self-regulation as…

Proof That Body Language And Clothing Impacts Judgments and Perceptions

Proof That Body Language And Clothing Impacts Judgments and Perceptions Christopher Philip We have plenty of anecdotal evidence that nonverbal communication plays an important role in impression formation. However, the daily examples we experience are simply not enough to provide…

Hand in Hand With Speech – Gestures Complementing Vocal Communication

Hand in Hand With Speech – Gestures Complementing Vocal Communication Jenny Galvao Based on research carried out by Emmanuel Biau of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and associates, so called “beat gestures” such as batoning the hand up and down, have…

Smile All You Want, But It Doesn’t Mean You’re Happy

Smile All You Want, But It Doesn’t Mean You’re Happy Jenny Galvao According to research by Carlos Crivelli and his associates, a smile does not always signify happiness; in fact, social interactions seem to elicit smiles more than true happiness…

The Body Language of Sports – Handball Players Exhibiting Nonverbal Communication During Matches

The Body Language of Sports – Handball Players Exhibiting Nonverbal Communication During Matches Jenny Galvao According to recent research by Karin Moesch of Lund University and associates, nonverbal behaviours are often exhibited in sporting matches, but the frequency of the…

Body Language of Sweating – A Stressor You Can’t Sweat Out

Body Language of Sweating – A Stressor You Can’t Sweat Out Jenny Galvao Research by Katharina Gross of the University of Trier and her associates has examined individuals with hyperhidrosis (an abnormal increase in sweating) and their levels of stress.…

Too Depressed To Stop and Smell The Flowers – How Olfaction Is Rooted In Mental Health

Too Depressed To Stop and Smell The Flowers – How Olfaction Is Rooted In Mental Health Jenny Galvao According to work by Ti-Fei Yuan of the Nanjing Normal University, there is a connection between chronic stress and deficiencies in the…

Anger Body Language Easier To Detect

Anger Body Language Easier To Detect Jenny Galvao According to research carried out by Valentijn T. Visch of the Technical University of Delft and associates, individuals can detect the emotion of anger in bodily expressions to a higher degree of…

Those Eyes Don’t Lie – Or Do They?

Those Eyes Don’t Lie – Or Do They? Jenny Galvao Research carried out by Robert D. Rogers of Bangor University and his associates examined how gaze direction relates to influencing financial altruism. Gaze direction is a very strong cue that…

Hot for Hormones – How Hormones Affect The Body

Hot for Hormones – How Hormones Affect The Body Jenny Galvao An experiment led by Rachel Grillot of the University of California and her associates has found that the presence of hormones such as estrogen and progesterone in women can…

Put Some Pep in Your Step and People Will Notice!

Put Some Pep in Your Step and People Will Notice! Jenny Galvao Based on research carried out by Gentiane Venture of the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, humans can characterize several emotions through their stride. Joy, anger, sadness, fear,…

Baby Sign Language Training on Development – Monkey See, Monkey Do

Baby Sign Language Training on Development – Monkey See, Monkey Do Jenny Galvao Not much research has been done in “baby signing”, which is a communication style that teaches keyword signing to babies so they can communicate through signs before…

Lie To Me; Why I May Notice, and Why I May Not

Lie To Me; Why I May Notice, and Why I May Not Jenny Galvao Research by Marc Swerts of Tilburg University and his associates has discovered that adults are able to detect when children are lying or being deceptive, but…

Children Struggle With Disgust Facial Expression – You Look Disgusted… Right?

Children Struggle With Disgust Facial Expression – You Look Disgusted… Right? Jenny Galvao According to research carried out by Sherri Widen and James Russell of Boston College, children struggle to understand certain facial expressions, especially the more complex ones including…

Slim Face Liked To Death by Violence – A Slim Chance of Survival

Slim Face Liked To Death by Violence – A Slim Chance of Survival Jenny Galvao According to research by Michael Stirrat and his associates, males with narrower faces (measure using width-to-height ratios) are more likely than men with wider faces…

Easy to Stifle Surprise Facial Expression – Surprise Hidden Behind The Eyes

Easy to Stifle Surprise Facial Expression – Surprise Hidden Behind The Eyes Jenny Galvao According to research by Achim Schützwohl and Rainer Reisenzein, obvious facial expressions during a surprising event are not as common as once thought, contradicting Darwin’s theory…

Cheaters Fake Smile Makes Them More Difficult to Detect

Cheaters Fake Smile Makes Them More Difficult to Detect Jenny Galvao According to research by Matia Okubo of Senshu University and associates, cheaters can put on a fake smile which can actually hide their negative facial expression, and they do…

The Root Of A Temper Tantrum Hidden In Body Language Cues

The Root Of A Temper Tantrum Hidden In Body Language Cues Jenny Galvao According to research carried out by James Green of the University of Connecticut and his associates, a toddler’s temper tantrum might provide more insight into their true…

Room To Move – How To Increase And Decrease Self Disclosure With Nonverbal Environmental Factors

Room To Move – How To Increase And Decrease Self Disclosure With Nonverbal Environmental Factors Christopher Philip Researchers Vanessa Okken, Thomas van Rompay, and Ad Pruyn, University of Twente, Netherlands have found additional data suggesting that the environment in which…