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Description: What can we learn about how we are being perceived or received by paying attention to the head movements and related gestures of the people we are interacting with? Perhaps more than we are aware of.

Source: Psych-Mechanics: Hanan Parvez  (Link below)

Date: April 13, 2015

Body Language

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Study Body Language Website:

Toastmasters Guide to Body Language:

Can or should people work when they are struggling with depression? Many do not have a choice. Recent alarm about the issue of pilots and depression and other aspects of mental health have created a media discussion that is often not well grounded in research data. This article and the related audio recording of the NPR itself looks at a few sides of these questions.

Questions for Discussion:

  1. Which of the gestures or body language “tells” discussed on this website surprised you? Which ones were you already aware of and have used regularly?
  2. Who might benefit from becoming better at reading the body language of other? How might they best be trained?
  3. Is it important to be aware of our body language ort will trying to pay attention to is mess up our interaction skills?

References (Read Further):

Hachaj, T., & Ogiela, M. R. (2014). Rule-based approach to recognizing human body poses and gestures in real time. Multimedia Systems, 20(1), 81-99.

Sokolov, A. A., Krüger, S., Enck, P., Krägeloh-Mann, I., & Pavlova, M. A. (2011). Gender affects body language reading. Frontiers in psychology, 2.