Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3247: Barack Obama's Response to Question regarding Revoking Bill Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom - Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

I'll say this. If you give a woman, or a man, for that matter, without his or her knowledge, a drug and then have sex with that person without consent, that's rape, and I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape."

At this exact moment (0:54), right after the President says the word "rape" - Mr. Obama displays an excellent yet subtle and very telling example of both disgust as well as contempt (This image was captured from an angle which affords a superior view to the above video).

The primary nonverbal signals of these emotions displayed here include a mild contraction of the "mustache area" and a flaring of the nostrils - more so on his left. There is also an asymmetric (again biased to the President's left) deepening of his nasalabial folds - along with a slight upward and lateral vectoring of the left corner of his mouth. In addition, the mild partial closing of his upper eyelids in this context is a contempt and disgust amplifier.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3246: Suicide Squad - What Makes Jared Leto's Joker so Frightening? Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3062: Phylicia Rashad interview regarding Bill Cosby - Body Language Tells 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3022: Bill Cosby's Decades-Long Trademark Look - What Does It Tell Us?  

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3019: Bill Cosby, Rape Allegations, AP Interview - Body Language Tells