Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2270:
David Moyes Post Match Interview
Everton's Manager's Botox & Body Language

Recently, the Everton football club played to a 0-0 draw against Swansea City. This is a segment of one of the post-match interviews of Everton's manager, David Moyes. During the 0:29 - 0:33 segment just as Mr. Moyes says, "....but overall, you know, I can't really fault our boys. They made the opportunities ....", he reaches up with his right hand and rubs his right ear. When an ear rub is performed with a declarative statement (such as seen here) or when answering a question, this is highly consistent with a lie. Of course there are many other nonverbal signals useful in deception detection. Any objective observer who watched the match would concede that Everton had more than their share of missed opportunities. 

Intriguingly, Mr. Moyes upper eyelids tend to over-react (e.g., freeze the video at 0:30) as a (common) side-effect of his Botox injections within his forehead. Such cosmetic treatments are very ill-advised for anyone involved in motivating players (or students, employees, children, etc.) or who desire to project sincerity (pretty much all 7 Billion of us, eh?) - for the inability to express fully any part of the face is a huge handicap. The forehead is oft used as a body language "Illustrator" - e.g. to add emphasis, display anger, convey empathy, etc. (depending on the nuances present within the forehead as well as the rest of the face and body). In addition this over-compensating upper eyelid elevation will give false and confusing emotional signals - in this example fear, however in other nonverbal cluster-contexts, this side-effect may give rise to false signals of severe anger/rage or surprise.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2224: Barack's Body Language  It's (NOT) good to be back in Michigan  President Obama Campaigns for Fiscal Cliff Resolution

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2189: Jill Kelley's Body Language - Dialing Up Her Alpha ....

Negotiation Body Language Secret # 717: Barry Bonds and the Obstruction of Justice

Lie Detection Secret # 652: Megan Fox has got an Itch - Not! 

Negotiation Body Language Secret # 339: Jon Corzine - When a Lie is Heard or Told

Negotiation Secret # 29: Eye Rub When Someone Else is Speaking - Angela doubts Vladimir

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2055: Three Wise Monkeys - Hear no evil, See no evil, Speak no evil -  Body Language Interpretation vs. Traditional Symbolism

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2159: Tom Hanks drops the F-bomb on GMA - Body Language of Fear, Surprise, MAPs and a Bitter Smile

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2171: Charlie Bit My Finger! One Body Language Signal Always Seen With Significant Pain

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2244: Taylor Swift's Body Language & Anger on 60 Minutes