I’ve been paying extra attention to the people around me lately. Noticing the way they stand; how they hold their heads and move their hands. Our bodies are constantly sending out information about what we are thinking and feeling; our brains are equally busy interpreting those messages from other people.
Most of this happens on a subconscious level and we react and adapt without being aware of what’s happening or why. After looking into a lot of research about body language, I can’t help but analyse the raised eyebrows, crossed legs or hands on hips I see around me. I’m much more aware of my own body language: my body can communicate how I’m feeling even when I’m not necessarily aware of those feelings myself.
The theme of Bloomsbury Festival 2016 is language. Wellcome Collection will offer a series of talks, events and interactive activities to get involved in over that weekend focussing specifically on body language at our Speaking with your body weekend.
Only about 7% of what we communicate to one another comes from the meaning of the actual words we say. 38% is para-verbal communication, which is everything else you do with your voice: your accent, pitch, how fast you talk and any other sound you make like smacking, clicking, giggling or sighs. The remaining 55% is communicated through how you move and position your body and face.
Some parts of your body are more communicative and expressive than others. We pay most attention to the face in our interactions with others. Join Dr Eva Krumhuber from University College London to investigate how our faces express emotion and participate in an experiment to see if you can tell a genuine smile from a faked one.