After receiving almost fifty emails regarding my analysis of Gable Tostee, I’ve completed a follow-up analysis, in which, I uncover new evidence answering the question, What was Gable Tostee carrying in his hand after Warriena Wright fell to her death from his fourteenth storey apartment?Read More
What is the meaning of a wink and is it appropriate? In this post, we look at the various meanings of a wink–the joking wink, the wink of solidarity and connection and the flirtatious wink. Finding out why it may be best to avoid the wink in some situations.Read More
When I was asked by ABC Radio Perth to look at Bernard Tomic’s nonverbal behaviour, I surprised to see a series of flirtatious winks, backed up by his verbal message. It was on closer inspection I discovered some other interesting and telling behaviours, which revealed the bigger picture. In this post, I shed light on Tomic’s true emotion.Read More
A recent request to analyse Gable Tostee’s behaviour and statements from a 60 Minutes interview with Liam Bartlett, led me through an emotional journey of surprise, contempt, sadness, disgust and anger–almost all of the universal expressions of emotion. How could this case have ended up with an acquittal?Read More
Reading the body language of the Beckhams at The British Fashion Awards for Australian celebrity gossip magazine–NW Magazine: Are the rumours true–is their relationship on the rocks? Find out whether the emotional connection between them is missing, and whether that reflects their life and relationship?Read More
What is oxytocin, how does it influence behaviour and why is it important in building connection. Learn how to build connection, trust, caring and empathy by appropriate social touch–socially and professionally. And how to increase your oxytocin levels for wellbeing, from hugs and pet therapy.Read More
In this post, we focus on first impressions–how important are they and why? And how this relates to you and your personal presentation. We touch on two related concepts, confirmation bias and impression updating.Read More
In this post, we seek to discover the truth, reading the body language of the Skripal poisoning suspects–Russian spies, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. Are they lying about their true identity?Read More
Watch my TED-Ed.com lesson: Are There Universal Expressions of Emotion? Discover: What are the universal expressions? How Charles Darwin, Silvan Tomkins and Paul Ekman contribute? Do blind people express emotion like sighted people do? Why are universal expressions important for survival? What are display rules?Read More
Reading body language, emotion and microexpressions at the Trump-Kim Summit. Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un meet for the first time–we analyse their nonverbal communication signals to tell you what they are really saying.Read More
Courtney Waller interviews Sophie Zadeh about her TED-Ed lesson: Are there universal expressions? They discuss the history of emotion, display rules, animal and human expression, botox on expressions, how to trigger emotions, macroexpressions and microexpressions.Read More
Why do we judge people from the moment we see them? And when we feel threatened by them, what happens during our body’s emergency response to fear. Read about my involuntary nonverbal behaviours when I encountered a guy with Tourette Syndrome. Both our bodies reacting to a stimulus.Read More
Read about my secret wedding, the emotions we tried to conceal and the body language and expression that reveal our true emotions. What are the nonverbal signs of tomfoolery?Read More
A big thank you to all of your support and requests this year. We wouldn't be here without you!
We've been working hard (playing Santa), to fulfil your requests. Although some things are still work in progress, today we launched our SHOP! As a thank you, we currently have everything on sale, with huge discounts– until the end of January. Hopefully, some of the sessions will be able to help fulfil some of your New Year resolutions. There are some freebies too! Be sure to check it out.
For me, it's been an emotional roller coaster of a year- not a good year, with the loss of my mum. But I'm determined to get 2018 off to a great start- watch this space.
In the name of seasonal festivities, I've made you a cheesy animation to say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year...Read More
I was interviewed by Kyle De Souza for the Western Australia School of Mines Alumni podcast. In this episode, we talk about body language...Read More
I was interviewed by Kyle De Souza for the Western Australia School of Mines (WASM) Alumni podcast. In this episode, we chat about deception...Read More
Are you missing an important channel of communication?
Most of us listen to spoken words as we interact with others, but not many people pay conscious attention to what remains unspoken. Words can, and do, convey lots of complex thoughts, theories and feelings, but they are usually filtered and adapted to create a certain impression, giving you, the listener, the 'intended' message. There are lots of reasons for this– to be more amicable, to maintain relationships, to deceive, to conceal emotions, to make others feel better– to name a few. So it's not all bad. Imagine if everybody spoke their thoughts– Ouch! In many situations, however, you could benefit from knowing more and having a good understanding of how the person you interact with really feels, whether it's potential deception in a negotiation or marriage, or when you just want a family member to be more open with you.Read More
Scientists have found that the muscles in our face can produce 30 independent movements– 12 in the upper face, and 18 in the lower face. Working together in various combinations, these muscle movements are capable of creating thousands of expressions. However, most scientists agree that out of all of these expressions, only seven are 'universal'– innate within all of us, regardless of culture. They are...Read More
Yippee, I got the go ahead to share my good news with you! I've been working on a script for a TED-Ed animation and it's finally coming to fruition. The TED-Ed team have brought in the director, animator and narrator/actor to work their magic and bring it to life. This is a huge thrill for me, since I've been a TED obsessive for years. My TED-Ed lesson animation is about emotional expression– universal expressions, so over the next few weeks, I'll be posting some supporting information on the subject on my blog.
If you aren't already familiar with TED-Ed animations, here's one by Peter Mende-Siedlecki, I think you may find it interesting- it's about first impressions, which are incredibly important for setting us up for successful interactions. It's less than 5 minutes long.Read More
I've been quiet on my blog for a while now because I lost my beautiful mother in May. I've wanted to share with you some observations during my experience of loss– of emotion and nonverbal expression– I'm finally ready to write about it. I'm not sharing my experience of loss as such, but what I want to do here is mention some behaviours that felt noteworthy, illustrating some of the nonverbal cues that I usually write about.
It was sudden and unexpected, so much so, that I didn't get a chance to say goodbye. Living on the other side of the world, I hadn't seen my mum for over two years. I was 'greeted' at the airport by my sister, who reluctantly stepped forth from behind her partner, his body temporarily and unknowingly shielding her from what she had to do. They were waiting right at the very back of the crowd, distancing themselves from the reality of what she was about to disclose.Read More