Thursday, July 3, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2873: Raffaele Sollecito, Amanda Knox and Meredith Kercher - Raffaele's Press Conference - Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Two days ago Raffaele Sollecito gave a press conference in which he and his attorney (Giulia Bongiorno) legally distanced himself from Amanda Knox for his alleged participation in the murder of Meredith Kercher. Beginning at 0:44, Bongiorno begins, "It is clear that Sollecito, reading the verdict, takes note of the fact that the court of appeal found that there was something of a lie over Amanda's whereabouts. Rafaele, as you'll all remember, has maintained that he spent the night with Amanda - the night. That doesn't include the earlier part of the evening, as he said." As Bongiorno is speaking and throughout the seven seconds described below, Sollecito displays rapidly oscillating and specific facial nonverbals.

During 0:51 - 0:52 Sollecito displays a contempt-disgust expression.

At 0:53- 0:54, Raffaele's mouth configures to form an "Inward Lip Roll". This is the psyche's attempt at suppressing an escalation of an inward crescendo as well as an outward manifestation of emotions as they move (often rapidly) from baseline.

At 0:54, Sollecito briefly displays a more pronounced disgust-contempt expression.

 Another inward lip roll at 0:57

At 0:58 a primary (and more mild) contempt expression

In this limited context, we cannot say whether Raffaele Sollecito felt contempt and disgust at what he is perceiving to be a failure of the legal process vs. the idea of distancing himself from Amanda Knox vs. Amanda herself vs. his own Lawyer vs. towards members of the press, etc. But we can say with absolute certainty that he strongly felt these emotions.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2872: Beyoncé Changes Lyrics of "Resentment", Calls Out Jay Z for Cheating

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 1706: Amanda Knox Interview after Guilty Verdict

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2805: Amanda Knox, Meredith Kercher and the Othello Error

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2707: Amanda Knox's Guilty Verdict - Italian Jurors' Body Language

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

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2724: Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Twenty Years Later

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2811: Jason and David Benham are Dropped from HGTV - Body Language of Subtle Contempt, Anger & Disgust