Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2269:
Travis Tygart's (Chief Executive of U.S. Anti-Doping Agency)
Body Language re: Lance Armstrong Doping on
"60 Minutes Sports" Interview

In the above video, an excerpt from a recent episode of "60 Minutes Sports", Travis Tygart, the Chief Executive of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is interviewed by Scott Pelley regarding Lance Armstrong's doping charges. Although Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey will certainly reveal a lot when it is released to the public in two days, this soap-opera is long from over. The entire "60 Minutes Sports" interview helps to bring to light more allegations of wrong-doing - some of them criminal, against Armstrong.

From a body language perspective, this short video includes multiple nonverbal examples of contempt. In this segment, all of these displays are microexpressions - which are extremely brief, involuntary, nonverbal facial displays of true emotion (1/15 to 1/25 of a second in duration) and originate in the subconscious. Other emotions may be expressed via microexpressions as well. 

Some of these microexpressions of contempt exhibited by Mr. Tygart can be seen at 0:55, 0:58, 1:28, 1:30, 1:33, 1:35, 1:41, 1:54, 2:09, 2:11 and 2:26. Those who see these microexpression, and are not trained in nonverbal communications, may describe them as "facial tics". Tics they are not though. These microexpressions convey sincere feelings of contempt and some may describe them as very brief mid-face snarls or contractions of his cheek muscle as well as his "mustache area" and subtly Mr. Tygart's - all on his left side.

Intriguingly, Scott Pelley also displays a particular body language signal with some strong negative emotional tones. Can you spot it?

See also:

Negotiation Body Language Secret # 457: Salman Rushdie's Contempt Amplifier

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2058: DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's "False Contempt" The Importance of "Norming"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1890: Eric Holder has (Emotional) Contempt toward Darrell Issa - while Rep. Issa is Very Excited to be Seeking  "Contempt of Congress" against Holder

Negotiation Secret # 389: Muammar's Constant Contempt

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1407: Auboni Champion-Morin  Reunited with Kidnapped Son After 8 Years - Microexpression of Contempt

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1515: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney's  Numerous Microexpressions and Subtle  Displays of Contempt

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2050: George Zimmerman's nterview on Fox -  Microexpression of Contempt and  Duping Delight

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2172: Governor Chris Christie's Body Language of Contempt -  Microexpressions and Subtle Displays