Friday, April 15, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3530: Justin Trudeau, Quantum Computing and Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTO)

Meanwhile, earlier today in Waterloo, Ontario - Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau gave an impromptu lecture on the basics of quantum computing. And unknowingly ... he also provided multiple body language teachable moments.

Reporter: "I was going to ask you to explain quantum computing, but [reporter suppresses his laughter/snicker] I di[inaudible] .... Um, w, when do you expect ah, Canada's ISIL mission to begin again, and are we not doing anything in the interim, ah - while we prepare?"

Trudeau: "K, ah -very simply, normal computers work ah, by [tongue jut] ... ah ..." [Audience Laughter]...

Between 0:12 - 0:15, as the reporter finishes his question, the Prime Minister repositions his feet to a wider stance. Although we cannot see the lower half of his body, when you watch the video, you'll be able to tell his feet are further apart as Trudeau begins his answer. This body language change, temporarily increases testosterone (increasing his assertiveness and power emotions - and yes, all women have some testosterone too) and decreases his cortisol (lowering stress). Intriguingly, standing with one's feet about shoulders width apart (slightly less so for women) will also engender fluidity of thought and speech (while standing with our feet close together does the opposite).  

During 0:19 just after he says, "... by ...", Justin Trudeau displays a Tongue Jut (and more specifically a "Loose Tongue Jut"). This indicates a tension releaving self-deprecating, "I've been bad" emotional tone (Navarro). The reporter was being a bit sarcastic and the Canadian Leader decided to call his bluff. Yet in doing so, Trudeau knew he was showing off a bit (although many would have responded in a similar manner if they indeed understood the fundamentals of quantum computing).

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3529: Vladimir Putin's Alpha Body Language - Correlations between the Hands and the Face

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3349: Justin Trudeau, Stephen Harper, Sophie Grégoire, & Laureen Harper in Ottawa for Nathan Cirillo's Ceremony

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3521: Woman Mistakes Kevin Hart For Chris Rock

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3522: Felicity Jones in New Star Wars Trailer: "Rogue One"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3506: Jake Gyllenhaal Bombed His Lord of the Rings Audition 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3443: Donald Trump - "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and Shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose any Voters!" 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3422: unplanned pregnancy : Deaf husband finds out wife is pregnant - Body Language and Emotional Shock 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3294: Ana Ivanovic, Lip Biting, the U.S. Open and Body Language