Understanding Body Language

People are constantly throwing off a storm of signals. These signals may be silent (non-verbal) messages communicated through the sender's body movements, facial expressions, voice tone and loudness. Microexpressions, hand gestures, and posture register almost immediately, a silent orchestra that can have long-lasting repercussions.

Recent posts on Body Language


What Can a Kiss Tell You About Someone's Sexuality?

Kissing is a very intimate activity and it's been said that you can tell how passionate someone is by the way they kiss. Recent studies indicate that kissing unites people.

How People Perceive Dogs With Docked Tails and Cropped Ears

New data shows that seeing a dog with a docked tail and cropped ears may cause people to believe that the dog is aggressive and its owner might be aggressive as well.
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Oral Sex on the Menu

By Donna Barstow on June 30, 2016 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Don't worry about doing it "right." Just do it.

Presidential Debates - The Medium Matters

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on June 29, 2016 in Between You and Me
Whether watching on tv or listening on the radio, how you hear a presidential debate might change who you think won.

Are Voice Commands or Hand Signals More Effective for Dogs?

New data answers the question of whether dogs are more responsive to verbal commands or to gestures and body language.

How a Cultural Meme Was Born

New insights into the origin of language as a mandrill in an English zoo invents a gesture for "leave me alone," and it spreads through the community

Gender Communication: It’s Complicated

Women and men can be perceived as members of two distinct and separate subcultures within a larger, more general culture.

Why Babies Need Dads Too

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on June 12, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
The brain is shaped by early experience, specifically, the mothering (nurturing responsive care) we receive from mothers and fathers.

How Compassion Fades in Love Relationships

In love relationships, negative emotions almost always feel different on the inside from the way they look on the outside.

What Are Emotions For?

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on June 03, 2016 in A Sideways View
Why do we experience and show emotions? What are the advantages of being emotionally literate? How do we classify and measure emotions?

For the Families: Notes on the Subtle Art of Listening

By Susan Noonan MD on May 29, 2016 in View From the Mist
Feeling lost on what you can say or do to help your loved one who has depression? Here are some tips to get you started…

Want to Up Your Game? Visual Guidance Optimizes Motor Skills

A new visually guided coaching method improves both gaze patterns and the acquisition of complex motor skills.

Dogs Hesitate More and Respond Less Well When You Are Upset

Your emotional state can cause your dog to hesitate or to execute your instructions less accurately.

10 Ways to Know That It's Time to Go

Sometimes it's hard know when it’s time to leave. These 10 tips will help you figure out the best way to make an exit.

What has happened to American education?

What is happening to our students?

Chirality: A Look at Emotional Asymmetry of The Face

By Joe Navarro M.A. on May 21, 2016 in Spycatcher
The face sometimes reveals multiple emotions at once—here is a look at emotional asymmetry of the face.

Why Do Men Find Women’s Legs So Alluring?

Researchers have spent far less time studying men’s attraction to women’s legs than the typical man devotes to gazing at them . . . and maybe finding himself spellbound by them.

Manifest Joy

By Bernard L. De Koven on May 17, 2016 in On Having Fun
Joy substantiates something profoundly spiritual. Something in life that validates living itself.

Introducing the Atlas of Emotions

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on May 12, 2016 in Face It!
Backed by funding from the Dalai Lama, read about our new Atlas of Emotions.

Man’s Best Friend Meets Man's Best Robot

Scientists have distilled the elements of dogs’ behavioral language for use in robots.

Mobile Devices and Corporate Culture

How mobile devices alter our thinking and corporate culture

Babies' Brains May Process Social Thinking Via Motor Systems

A new study published today reports (for the first time) that motor systems in the brain may drive infants' earliest social learning, thinking, and behavior.

Men's Top-Dog Power Gestures Make Them Seem Untrustworthy

By Rebecca Coffey on April 05, 2016 in The Bejeezus Out of Me
In a new study, male speakers making lots of wide-reaching arm gestures (like Trump's) were generally seen as dominant. But they were also seen as fakers.

5 Types of Smiles and What They Mean

Is that smile seductive, sarcastic, or fake? How can you tell?

Is This the Secret to Attraction?

By Garth Sundem on April 02, 2016 in Brain Trust
Want to be attractive on a first date or on Tinder? "People who are seen in expansive, open nonverbal displays enjoy increases in others’ romantic attraction," writes a new study.

13 First Date Red Flags

What are some of the "warning signs" of potential relationship trouble that might show up on the first date?

How We Read People's Minds Through Their Eyes

By David Ludden Ph.D. on March 30, 2016 in Talking Apes
Our eyes are a two-way channels, providing us with information about the environment but also communicating our thoughts and intentions to others.

9 Reasons Communication Can Go Wrong in Your Relationship

The bad habits can lead to serious communication breakdowns.

Why Are Presidential Debates Like NASCAR Races?

By Gregg R. Murray Ph.D. on February 28, 2016 in Caveman Politics
Non-verbal behavior has a huge effect on how we view politicians, sometimes even greater than their policy positions—the information we ideally hope drives our vote choices.

What People Really Think When They See Your Profile Picture

By Liraz Margalit Ph.D. on February 26, 2016 in Behind Online Behavior
On each of the social platforms, a profile picture carries a different meaning and attempts to convey a different message