Friday, April 3, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3146: The Price Is Right - Manuela's Blooper - Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Manuela Arbeláez Correa became a much bigger part of Drew Carey's "The Price is Right" game show on Thursday as she mistakenly removed a cover revealing the "Win!" beneath and thus gave a contestant a free car (she had a 60% chance of winning it, but Manuela made it into a 100% chance).

Nonverbally, this provides multiple displays and varieties of "Covering Behaviors" - which are commonly seen during moments of embarrassment - yet just as importantly, covering behaviors are also signals of emotional processing (Manuela Arbeláez's intellect is aware of what has happened, yet her emotions are trying to come to terms with the ramifications of her mistake).

What other thought-emotions may be indicative with covering behaviors (depending on what other nonverbal behaviors with which they're clustered)?


Drew Carey's mouth opens wide (vertically wide) in sincere surprise


Manuela's mouth opens extremely vertically-wide in sincere and extreme surprise


 Manuela's mouth morphing into one with a component of fear (thus at this instant, Surprise and Fear are present [Fear Mouth with modified baring of teeth])


Although Drew's eyes appear to be smiling, his mouth and neck demonstrate characteristics of fear (very short-lived, thus a microexpression)

Manuela Arbeláez attempts her first "Covering Behavior" - as she physically tries to cover up her mistake. As ridiculous as this seems in retrospect, we all (as adults) have done similar behaviors many times.


Second Covering behavior -
Mouth Covering


A closer look reveals that both Mouth Covering & Eye Covering (and extended blink) are ongoing


Jaw Jut (trying to suppress tears)

Lip Covering (an inward lip roll, trying to suppress the outward manifestation as well as the inward crescendo of emotions)

Frown (corners of mouth turned downward)


Yet another covering behavior - Manuela is seeking whole-body covering


Even though she is now laughing (before she digresses to some tears)
Manuela is still whole-body covering

Wiping of tears .... yet also this is another form of facial (especially eye) covering

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3144: Senator Robert Menendez Indicted on Federal Corruption Charges - a Body Language Sign of Low Sincerity

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2778: April Fools Prank, Embarrassment and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2974: André Benjamin on Playing Jimi Hendrix - Body Language of Embarrassment - David Letterman

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3042: Kevin & Molly's Photo Booth Proposal - Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2424:  Giada De Laurentiis on Conan O'Brien  Beautiful Teeth but Insincere Smiles and  Some Body Language Signals of Waning Love