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Jul8-11, 06:11 PM
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Quote Quote by Loren Booda View Post
I have noticed TV personalities affecting what I assume would otherwise be microexpressions. These gestures seem consciously used to direct attention, communicate emotion (like an "applause" sign) or invite intimacy.

Not all actors, politicians or newscasters use these exaggerations, and such "microexpressions" are not necessarily negative in character. Indeed, I am curious as to whether others have noticed similar, purposeful facial language which is usually subliminal.

Using gestures and facial expressions to influence audiences is an old art, extensively cultivated by the Greeks. These references to chironomia will answer many of your questions. In his chapter on the countenance alone, Gilbert collects observations from Cicero, Demosthenes, Aristotle, Pliny and others on the expression of the eyes, eyebrows, forehead, cheeks and mouth. But the study of gesture is most extensive and thorough. I'm fortunate to have a copy of the book.

Respectfully submitted,