During the most recent republican presidential debate, when asked what woman they would like to see on ten dollar bill, many of the candidates answers' betrayed the fact they were not well-thought on history and American women in particular.
From a nonverbal perspective the above video segment showcases several microexpressions, two of which are discussed here.
Captured during 0:03, in this image we can see Carly Fiorina displaying a classic microexpression of contempt as she says the word "... honestly ..."
Ms. Fiorina's nonverbal, verbal and paralanguage were all highly congruent - thus indicating her answer to this question was very sincere.
Later in this same segment (this image during 0:32), Ohio Governor John Kasich displays several microexpressions of fear (with his mouth and neck). This one is a fraction of a second after he says, "... Teresa ..."
Mr. Kasich knew that although most people think as highly for Mother Teresa as he does - he also knew that his answer was not the best one since, of course, she wasn't an American. Did you catch his other microexpressions?
What do Governor Chris Christie's facial expressions tell us?
As with all microexpressions, the dynamic context of video is far superior vs. still photos. Please view the video (and perhaps slow it down to 1/2 or 1/4 speed) to fully appreciate these very short-lived but crucial body language tells.
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