Body Language Is All In Your Head, Study
A new research study lead by a massive team of researchers into nonverbal communication including Paul Ekman, University of California, and David Buss, University of Texas at Austin as well as other notable researchers Amy Cuddy has concluded that nonverbal communication and nonverbal behavior is actually a construct of learning and has no biological roots.
The landmark study, conducted in secrecy over the last decade, was conducted by isolating small children living in remote island communities. As the children developed, they were able to track and control their affect and compare them to their control group consisting of children growing up in the West. Though, they are attracting major world-wide criticism they by-passed normal ethics boards simply by operating outside their normal reaches.
Despite these concerns, the researchers were highly motivated to put to rest some of the more hotly contested theories surrounding human evolution and behaviour.
They found some pretty amazing things. First, they found that if the children were not primed with the 6 basic emotions: fear, surprise, happiness, sadness, disgust, and contempt, the expressions did not spontaneously generate. In fact, their faces were more like chimpanzees, than human faces. “Without priming”, says Ekman, their faces were merely expressionless – deadpan.” He added “Unfortunately, I’ve had to ‘face’ the fact that I have been wrong for so many years – it’s not easy to realize that your life’s work has been mostly based on meme.”
Cuddy added, “I was surprised that the kids, without coaching, didn’t power pose – they simply used their bodies to move the tools and objects we had provided for them.” The researchers note that, despite their lack of nonverbal affect, that the children were otherwise normal. They simply did not use their bodies to communicate to each other as did regular children.
“As we were able to prime them with language, the children used normal sounds, as all cultures do and they used these sounds exclusively to communicate with each other”, say the researchers in their comprehensive paper. “I was amazed”, said one of the undergraduate students who ran one of the shifts set to observe the children develop, “the kids got along fine, and by the end of my observation period, the children had developed their own unique spoken language.”
Without seeing expansive or contractive poses, the children would celebrate with “yips” similar to a pack of wild dogs. This happened routinely during competitive games or challenges they had created on their own. Their “yips” as it were, were also coupled with expressionless faces, “as we learned to expect”, say the researchers.
The researchers plan to continue their research as the children move into their adult years. “Many new avenues of study are possible” says Buss, “I can test out many evolutionary theory to see if they spontaneously generate or if these are simply learned from one generation to the next.”
From The Creators Of BLP
With this news, it is unfortunate that we will have to re-write much of our website to conform to the new reality that the conclusive research has brought to the forefront. Our apologies for any disruption in services this might bring. While we admit that science is not perfect and has shortcomings, we never expected that it could produce so many findings opposite to actual fact.
While we are not the ones publishing the research which have sparked our conclusions, we do accept partial responsibility in our reporting.
Paul Ekman; David Buss, Amy J.C. Cuddy; Andy J. Yap; Tracy Gilbert, Mark Coulson, David A. Putts; Karl Grammer; Rachael E. Jack; Jessica Tracy; Alec T. Beall; Lora E. Park; Lindsey Streamer; Li Huang and Adam D. Galinsky. Journal of NonBerbal Vehavior. APRIL (fools) 1, 2014; 38:1-100.
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