Thursday, November 29, 2012

Back to the body language

In the light of that TED talk I pointed to the other day, I thought that this was an interesting report:

If you think that you can judge by examining someone's facial expressions if he has just hit the jackpot in the lottery or lost everything in the stock market -- think again. Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at New York University and Princeton University have discovered that -- despite what leading theoretical models and conventional wisdom might indicate -- it just doesn't work that way.  Rather, they found that body language provides a better cue in trying to judge whether an observed subject has undergone strong positive or negative experiences.
The face is not as impressive as the whole body.... it is the gross impression that is important.  We judge not just on first impressions, but on the BIG PICTURE.  It is like in self defence where we are taught to use gross motor skills that will not be eroded as much by adrenaline in a stressful situation.  Similarly it is the overall impression of a person that hits us deep down - how the posture looks, not the facial expression

1 comment:

Michael Zweifel said...

Interesting. Have you ever read Blink by Malcolm Gladwell? This is contary to what he discusses a little bit in his book.