Friday, February 21, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2728: Mikaela Shiffrin wins Gold at Sochi - Sincere Surprise Body Language (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Mikaela Shiffrin won a Gold Medal in Sochi today. She is the reigning World Cup and World Champion in Slalom - and has become the youngest person ever to win Gold at an Olympic slalom event. Shiffrin is shown in the above image (L) earlier today next to Silver Medalist Marlies Schild (Austria).

The surprise on Shiffrin's face is sincere. Note how widely her eyes are opened here. Her mid-face is also stretched as her mouth and eyes are opening very wide. When people feign surprise they will open their mouth somewhat widely - however this is nearly always with a greater horizontal component. However, notice how Mikaela's mouth is open more widely VERTICALLY. Moreover her teeth are not visible. Although there are exceptions (when other emotions are co-existing) neither upper nor lower teeth are almost never visible during SINCERE surprise - thus if teeth are visualized - the surprise is almost always fake.

Congratulations Mikaela!

See also:

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1171:  Not So Fast Swift ....  Taylor's False Surprise

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2653: Carey Mulligan - Blunted Surprise and ... Body Language on Jimmy Kimmell, Part I

Negotiation Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1261:  True Surprise - Rarely Captured  IMF Director Christine Lagarde

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2727: "I am a Ukrainian" Video - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2719: Julia Mancuso at Sochi Olympics - Body Language of a Heightened Adrenaline State