Saturday, June 22, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2438: Sincere Surprise Body Language - Three Year Old (Grayson) Receives Brain Stem Implant and Hears for the First Time (Video, Photos)

After a cochlear implant failed to work, three year old Grayson Clamp received an auditory brain stem implant at University of North Carolina. In the video above we witness a miracle of modern medicine as the gift of hearing is given to this sweet child. It is empathy evoking. What follows is a brief analysis of some of his body language.

Like all emotions, surprise is often feigned, but not so here.

When sincere surprise is significant, it is always accompanied by a wide opening of the eyelids (most notable on the upper eyelids) along with a wide vertically elongated opening of the mouth.

Another angle of the same moment of surprise.

Surprise is often accompanied by a covering of the mouth. This signals emotional processing. The emotional brain is trying to "take in" the ramifications of a new and very significant event.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2418:  Startle vs. Surprise  Body Language in the Yankees & Red Sox Dugouts

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2170:  The San Francisco Giants, Surprise, Bird Poop and Body Language

Negotiation Secret No. 56:  Seeing Bill Clinton, Surprise with a Touch of Fear

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 1914:  Sincere Surprise - Often Faked & Difficult to Capture, Spain Beats Portugal in Euro 2012

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret No. 1261:  IMF Director Christine Lagarde, True Surprise - Rarely Captured

Negotiation Secret No. 387: Surprise and Disbelief - Missy Franklin 

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret No. 1171:  Not So Fast Swift ....  Taylor's False Surprise

Negotiation Secret No. 269: I Just Remembered + Surprise, Milla Jovovich

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2263:  A.J. McCarron's Body Language  as hears about his Girl Friend's  (Katherine Webb's) new found Twitter Popularity