Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2353:
Barack Obama and $100 Million for Brain Research
Body Language of False Mastication with Tongue in Cheek

In a new initiative to understand the function and diseases of the Human brain, President Obama announced today $100 Million in research for the "Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies" (BRAIN) initiative. 

This research will no doubt lead to discoveries which will save millions of lives and treat a myriad of tragic diseases and injuries. 

At two times during the above video, Mr. Obama displayed the body language of "False Mastication" or "False Chewing". This nonverbal display is a form of "self-touching" and is otherwise known as a MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier). It signals anxiety on the part of the President and in the first example (see below) it is coupled with a "tongue in cheek". As mentioned in yesterday's post, the tongue in cheek (like many body language signals) can have several interpretations depending on the other nonverbals with which it is clustered (here anxiety as well).

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2352:  Mila Kunis' Tongue in Cheek  Graham Norton Part II

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1876:  Noomi Rapace, Anxiety & False Mastication

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2084:  Lolo Jones's False Mastication/Jaw Clenching

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1522:  False Mastication in Court  Alicia DeBolt and  Adam Longoria

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2339:  Alpha, Beta, Body Language & Rapport Destroyers 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2233:  Body Language, President Obama, 20 Children  and the Tongue-in-Cheek

0:50 - 0:52
False Mastication
a component of
Tongue in Cheek

1:19 - 1:21
Second display of
False Mastication