Saturday, February 1, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 1706: Amanda Knox Interview after Guilty Verdict - Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Amanda Knox was recently declared guilty (along with her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito) once again for the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher. Yesterday Ms. Knox was interviewed by Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America". What follows is a body language analysis of one particular moment.

At the 2:45 mark, Robin Roberts says, "... We heard you say that you would not go willingly Amanda, that they would have to catch you first, and that you'd go kicking and screaming."

Ms. Knox responds, "Yeah, I am um ... I will never go willingly back to the place ... where I ...[exhale] .... I'm going to fight this until the very end ..."

At 2:50, as Ms. Roberts says, "... first ...", Amanda Knox exhibits a very subtle microexpression display of fear. This is one of the subtlest examples you'll see. Look for an evanescent tightening of her left neck

Ms. Knox's eye lids are also opened wider than baseline in this moment - highly consistent with the emotion of fear.

In addition there is a component of regret, although this is also a secondary emotion in this moment.

At 2:52 just after Roberts says, "... kicking and screaming." Knox displays a regret microexpression. At this moment she most probably regrets making this statement in public, or the image of herself kicking and screaming.

A fraction of a second later we see a very brief example (thus a microexpression) of duping delight (Ekman). This is very subtle. Watch this segment of the video if you don't see it at first.

In this context, this duping delight display does NOT indicate guilt. What does it mean then?

There's a myriad of other nonverbal displays in this video. What others did you spot?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2547: Amanda Knox's ex-Boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, Piers Morgan Interview, Body Language Tells and Avoiding the Othello Error

Negotiation Secret # 331: Amanda Knox's Sincerity

Negotiation Secret # 335 & 353: Incredulous with Contempt  Amanda Knox Redux

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2274:  The Eyes & Mouth of Fear -  Body Language of Ahmed Dogan during  Attempted Assassination

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2606: Brett Farve Displays Body Language of Fear about any Son Playing Football 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2338:  Why Does Keit Pentus-Rosimannus feel Fear?  Body Language of Estonia's Minister of Environment 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2705: Congressman Michael Grimm Apology - Sincere or Not? Body Language Tells