KINESICS: the study of body motion or body behavior.

KINESICS: the study of body motion or body behavior.

  • Emblems: gestures that have a direct verbal translation and can stand alone such as the “ok” sign.
  • Illustrators: gestures that complement our words such as pointing when giving directions.
  • Regulators: gestures that may prolong or terminate the conversation such as looking at your watch, walking away, or nodding and leaning forward.
  • Adaptors: gestures that make you feel more comfortable in a communication situation such as twirling your hair or tapping your fingers.
  • Affect Displays: facial expressions motivated by emotion such as a smile or frown.
  • In this lesson, you will venture out and observe the people around you. Tune out what they are saying and then sit back and watch. Take notes on what type of gestures (emblems, regulators, illustrators, adaptors and affect displays) are they using? How often do they use each one? Are they aware of these gestures? Please let us know where you were, the mall, Starbucks, work, etc.. and who was involved, two men sitting at a table…Describe at least ten separate gestures. What type? What are they conveying? How many repetitions? What are the circumstances?MINIMUM of 675 words Double spaced Paragraphs, not bullets Include nonverbal terminology Specific examples

While sitting in the cafeteria, I was observing a group of girls who were eating and talking to one another.

They were verbose and had a lot of verbal communication, but as i was at an inaudible range, I was forced to look at their body movements and gestures.

At first, I noticed that they were very animated with their body language, that is, they used the waist up movements quite profusely, and these were emblems. They were using gestures to communicate certain things  And as soon as one of them was departing  As opposed to saying ‘bye,’ she merely waved.

Also, they were using facial expressions to emote certain things and give more weight to there words. One of them didn’t like the food, and made a sourly expression, by which the others steered away from that particular food item.

One of them was narrating a funny incident and was using her hand actions to support her words.

The other girls who were listening intently to the story were either biting their nails, or trying to comb through their split ends with their fingers.