Thursday, July 5, 2012

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2034:
Even Physicists have Body Language -
Beta behavior at Higgs Boson Conference

Yes, even Physicists display body language. This image was taken yesterday near Geneva, Switzerland at the CERN conference where it was announced that there is a 99.999% probability (one in 100,000 that it's an error) that the Higgs Boson was discovered. 

The woman in red, Fabiola Gianotti, Ph.D., is displaying a classic unilateral "Thumbs Forward Arms Akimbo". The thumbs forward variation is assertive, yet it is considerably more beta than the thumbs-backward variety. It is supportive and nurturing as well. One common place this is seen is among teachers/professors and with parents on the playground. Outside of these settings, this type of arms akimbo is more frequently seen in females (thumbs backward is more common in males). It is also a signal of a quizzical emotional and thought. What better place to display inquisitiveness, than at the announcement of such a monumental discovery?

Commonly referred to as the "God Particle by non-physicists (physicists, for the most part, don't care for this slang), the Higgs Boson has been sought for 48 years. It gives all other particles the property of mass, thus allowing the Universe to exist. Moreover, this discovery strongly suggests that the Higgs Boson and Higgs Field interact with other (parallel) Universes. As well as being part of our Universe, they also belong to an even greater giant - the "Multiverse" - Wow!

See also:

Analysis # 89: Opposite Facing Arms Akimbo

Analysis # 33: Thumbs Forward Arms Akimbo - Zelda Williams

Analysis # 831: Santorum's Hands and the Alpha-Beta Hybrid