Nonverbal Behaviour Analysis
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Send My Alcomy a video recording of an investigative interview or response to a media interview.
We'll analyse it and send you an in-depth report, highlighting areas of concern and potential deception, and additional hidden information about your suspect/case.
You, as the investigator, use the new, specific, information to conduct further lines of inquiry–to guide you to the truth.
What can we determine from nonverbal behaviour analysis?
- True emotional state, within a specific moment
- Likes and dislikes, towards a topic, person or object
- Subtle to extreme stress
- Deviation from baseline behaviour
- Mismatch between words and behaviour
- Red flags indicating possible deception
- New lines of investigation or questioning
What is nonverbal behaviour analysis?
Just like statement analysis, nonverbal behaviour analysis is not a tool for detecting deception. Anyone who tells you otherwise is being deceptive.
It can, however, be used as a guide to get to the truth–in a similar way that statement analysis can. Both techniques are simply investigative tools that can reveal a host of hidden information, highlight areas in which to investigate further and produce investigative questions.
The two tools can be used together for additional insight and a more robust analysis. My Alcomy offers both of these services.
What is nonverbal communication?
Nonverbal communication is an umbrella term that captures several areas:
- Body Language–posture, gait, stance, gestures, movement within space, etc.
- Facial Expressions–macroexpressions (around ½ - 4 seconds), microexpressions (less than ½) and subtle expressions (intensity).
- Vocal Delivery–how words are delivered, tone, inflexion, intonation, um's, er's, volume, etc.
- Outward Aspect–how we present ourselves, personal grooming and hygiene, clothing, colours, etc
All of these signal something, to other people, whether it's deliberate or not, or accurate or not.
Discovering truth, through nonverbal behaviour analysis.
Universal and involuntary nonverbal communication cues.
Some nonverbal communication cues are universal–innate within all people, across all cultures. And some are involuntary–meaning we aren't in control of or aware of them.
It's these universal and involuntary cues that help guide us to the truth–they give us accurate, in the moment, insight into a persons thoughts and emotion. It's, primarily, these cues that we look for during a nonverbal communication analysis.
Together–we hold the key to the truth.
Observation of these cues is an essential part of the process in getting to the truth. It's a unique skill set that not many people have, especially at this level. Even if you know what to look for it's difficult to spot, without years of practise. Yet this isn't where the magic lies!
The magic happens when you, as the investigator, use the information, that we discover, to guide you to the truth.
Like with statement analysis, you can use the new information to further question and investigate areas of concern that we, as observers, can alert you to.
How does nonverbal behaviour analysis work?
Nonverbal behaviour analysis involves detailed analysis of human behaviour, to glean additional information and highlight areas of concern. It narrows down on microexpressions and other involuntary nonverbal cues, picking up on concealed emotions–true emotions–and mismatches between spoken words and behaviour.
Nonverbal behavioural cues occur in response to a stimulus (e.g. your words, their words, an event), within the moment–they're reactive. This doesn’t stem from the area in the brain responsible for cognitive thought or spoken language. It stems from a more primitive part of the brain, the part concerned with survival. This makes it more honest and therefore reliable as an indicator of emotion.
Nonverbal behaviour analysis is accurate in pinpointing where there lies an issue. It tells us where to dig-deeper. A large amount of hidden information can be discovered.
Like with statement analysis, the information is there, you just need to know how to observe it. Let us help you with our unique combined skill set...