Friday, February 27, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3116: Leonard Nimoy and Disbelief - Body Language of Spock (PHOTOS)

Today's post is a tribute to Leonard Nimoy. Although best known for his role as Spock in the original Star Trek series, he was also a film director, poet, singer and photographer. Beloved by many and a sort of living metaphor for our attempts at objectivity - as a fictional character with a Human mother and a Vulcan father, he always sought to suppress his emotions.

The image above is a classic facial expression of Spock, often preceding or following the spoken word, "Fascinating". A unilateral raised eyebrow is a highly characteristic nonverbal signal of disbelief. And while this is one of the most common facial configurations of incredulity, it's not the only one. What others can you name?

Thank you Mr. Nimoy. You have the helm.

See also:

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Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2556: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Star Trek - Even Great Actors Leak Body Language Tells 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2392:  Zoë Saldaña on Jimmy Kimmel -  Rapport Builders, Alpha Behavior & Dominance Displays 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2683: Alice Eve, Craig Ferguson, Kierkegaard and Free Will, Body Language Tells  

Negotiation Secret No. 67: Incredulous Cluster - Aleksandar Djorovic

Negotiation Secrets No. 335 & 353: Incredulity with Contempt - Amanda Knox Redux 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis  1696:  George Zimmerman's Testimony -  Fear, Incredulity, Regret & Contempt

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3033: Reaction to Grand Jury's Decision regarding Eric Garner's Choke Hold Death