Nonverbal Communication and Body Language

It has been concluded by scientists that between 60-70% (some even suggest 90%) of our communicaiton is NONVERBAL, and is derived from BODY LANGUAGE and PARALINGUISTIC cues.

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BODY LANGUAGE= posture, gestures, facial expressions, eye movement, proxemics (personal space)

PARALINGUISTIC CUES= pitch, volume, intonation

Nonverbal Communication is a language of sorts, and because it gives clues as to the state of mind of the person (the communicator), study of body language leads right into our next unit on EMOTION AS A WAY OF KNOWING.

Here is a Wikipedia overview: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_language

We know there are cultural differences and even gender differences in the use of body language, but did you know that Charles Darwin described “Universal” facial expressions in his The Expression of the Emotions of Man and Animals (1872)? ***which outsold Origin of the Species!

VIDEO: Gestures around the World

VIDEO: The Human Animal: Gestures, Meanings, and Cultures

Link: List of Gestures from Around the World (yes, some viewer discretion advised)

Here’s a great link to explore what he was talking about: http://www.businessballs.com/body-language.htm#six-universal-facial-expressions

and a YouTube: 

Picking up on body language symbols, and being aware of the ones you put out, is an important and useful life skill. You will probably need it most when interviewing for a job or other position, meeting new people, and, of course, flirting and dating.

More on that here: http://www.businessballs.com/body-language.htm#sexual-body-language

Here’s a great video about “tells” in flirting.

Our good friend Charlie at the BBC again explores the Science of Attraction. How does our NONVERBAL communication play a role in our first impressions of others. Watch carefully for the cues or “tells”.

More useful links:

Psych Today article: Body language links

VIDEO: Gestures and Body Language

VIDEO: Science in Action: Facial Expressions (are they learned or innate?)

VIDEO: Microexpressions

VIDEO: Lie to Me show clip

VIDEO: How to tell if a guy is attracted to you (mostly about nonverbal communication)

VIDEO: How to captivate people when you speak

Article: How to read Body language

Article: How waiters judge you!

Article: Exploring the various types of body language based on emotions

Article: Nonverbal Communication basics

Wiki: Nonverbal Communication (all about)

Article: Top 10 Nonverbal Communication Tips

VIDEO: Are facial expressions universal? What stories can a face tell.

This is an hour long and excellent!

TED talk! Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

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Where it all Starts: The Brain (Film)

“We’ve learned more about the brain in the past 5 years than in the past 5000”


For the next 2 periods or so we will be viewing a History Channel production called “The Brain” (2008)

There are quite a few TOK “Knowlege Issues” in the film. (see bottom of this post for resources about Knowledge Issues)

Here are the major topics addressed:

FEAR AND PANIC

NERVES AND STRESS

SEX

RISK RESPONSE

MORAL DECISIONS

THE EVIL MIND

MEMORY CAPACITY

AMNESIA

SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY

EXTRASENSORY PERCEPTION

THE NEXT CHAPTER (BIOTECH) – TECHNOLOGY AND THE BRAIN

While watching the film and as we pause and discuss, I’d like you to participate in a backchannel conversation.

One period we will use TWITTER (mostly so you can get used to it) and the hashtag #TOKbrain 

The next period we will try out TodaysMeet using these links: 

Period 6: http://www.todaysmeet.com/brain6

Period R3/I3: http://www.todaysmeet.com/brainr3i3

DejeunerTOK: http://www.todaysmeet.com/brainlunch

Post-film Assignment: After commenting on some of the knowledge issues in the film, your task is to hone in on one of the topics addressed in the documentary and find a relevant article or video clip which explores that topic more in depth. 

POST the article link or EMBED the video on your PERSONAL BLOG SPACE and:

1. briefly summarize what it’s about (in the intro to your post)

2. tease out any knowledge issues (see below for help)

3. pose a few questions (it should make you wonder some more)

***note: since the film was produced in 2008, try to find something more recent. 

***try these places for research: the favorite links on this web site; Google advanced search; Instagrok search engine; Twitter; PBS streaming video site (search: “brain”, “neuroscience”, “neurology”, “mind”, “cognitive”, etc.)

KNOWLEDGE ISSUES: 

Your Course Companion has a section on Knowledge Issues, sometimes called “Knowledge Questions” (pp. 269-275)

I have create a PREZI and have compiled some helpful links regarding knowledge issues, where to find them, and how to create the question:

http://ljatok13.posterous.com/diigo-links-and-prezi-knowledge-issues

SAMPLES

Amnesia in Depth (Devon)

Brain and Knowledge Issues (Selah)

Memorizing Everything (Logan)

How Sports Affect Your Brain (Georgia)

Hypnosis and Amnesia (Cheryl)

Athene’s Theory of Everything (Luke)

EXAMPLES OF CURATED VIDEOS

Episode 1: Blueprint for the Brain from Science Bytes on Vimeo.