Earlier today, U.S. President Barack Obama gave a speech in which he commented about the initial events, the trial, how it's being viewed differently in the African-American community and what should be done to avoid and minimize future similar events.
As with all the posts on this blog, there is no political agenda trying to be advanced here. Furthermore this is not meant to editorialize the outcome of the George Zimmerman vs. The State of Florida (Trayvon Martin) case. This example is only sited here as an example in which to discuss and teach nonverbal communication.
What follows are nonverbal nuance as well as some basics. See if you can answer ...
At 1:38 the President makes this asymmetrical facial expression just after he says, " ... they rendered a verdict". What does this nonverbal indicate?
This variation of an inward lip roll with a lower lip bulge at 1:44 is indicative of what emotion?
Note that the President is looking down to his right and did so extensively during this video - particularly in the earlier portions. What does this indicate?
How does hand dominance influence this gazing pattern preference and is Barack's left-hand dominance any different vs. other southpaws?
In the image immediately below and throughout much of the speech, one shoulder was higher than the other indicating weight distributed considerably more on one leg. Assuming leg symmetry and no injury, what does this body language mean?
In the context of the other nonverbals present, what does this lower lip bite at 12:14 indicate?
Look carefully at 13:50 and you will see Barack Obama display a microexpression on the left side of his face. With what emotion is this nonverbal consistent?
From 14:02 - 14:07 the President goes up on his toes (watch video for dynamics). This is relatively rare for Mr. Obama. What does this body language indicate?
How does the relative lack of any forehead muscle contraction throughout this speech influence your interpretation of President Obama's sincerity quotient?
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