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A Glossary of Gestures for Critical Discussion

A Glossary of Gestures for Critical Discussion
The Italian Waiter. ‘I’ve been on holiday to the Mediterranean and I’m a bit looser with my gestures.’ Point hand towards your mouth, rock wrist back and forth. Incorporate more arm as you become more convinced by your own point. To engage larger audience, extend both arms outwards from body. Use when making a cultural observation.

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Heat maps reveal where you feel emotions in your body Yeah this is very misleading. It's as much a heat map as the colors on Taco Bell sauce packets are. Although the images appear to be heat related and the author refers to the brighter color as a 'warm glow', as far as I can tell these have nothing at all to do with heat - they are merely self-reported 'maps' of where on their bodies people felt differences after viewing words or images associated with different feelings. That really does need to be made more clear. I know this is a science website, where most of the userbase knows not to make that assumption, but this story is clearly doing the rounds in popular media because it looks like the results of an emotion scanning machine, when really it's just the illustrated results of a survey.

Dark thoughts: why mental illness is on the rise in academia Mental health problems are on the rise among UK academics amid the pressures of greater job insecurity, constant demand for results and an increasingly marketised higher education system. University counselling staff and workplace health experts have seen a steady increase in numbers seeking help for mental health problems over the past decade, with research indicating nearly half of academics show symptoms of psychological distress. "Culture of acceptance" A recent blog on the Guardian Higher Education Network blog, which highlighted a "culture of acceptance" in universities around mental health issues, has received an unprecedented response, pointing to high levels of distress among academics. The article, which reported instances of depression, sleep issues, eating disorders, alcoholism, self-harming, and even suicide attempts among PhD students, has been shared hundreds of thousands of times and elicited comments outlining similar personal experiences from students and academics.

7 Hand Gestures That Make You Look Like a Real Intellectual You’ve definitely seen it at some point. Maybe it was in a lecture in college. Maybe it was in a TED talk you watched recently. 18 Ways to Improve Your Body Language There is no specific advice on how to use your body language. What you do might be interpreted in several ways, depending on the setting and who you are talking to. You’ll probably want to use your body language differently when talking to your boss compared to when you talk to a girl/guy you’re interested in. These are some common interpretations of body language and often more effective ways to communicate with your body.

Academic Kindness When I first met the professor who would be working through a research project, my BA and now MA I didn’t remember his name right a way. Whereas he learnt my name and said hello the day after the second class. When that happened I thought to myself that I should pay attention to him. One year later he asked me to join his research group, where I not only learn to love research but met wonderful people. The best advice for public speaking and presentations This article was taken from the October 2015 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online. Whether it's getting up in front of an audience of 1,000 guests or ten overworked employees, public speaking can be unnerving. Michael Weitz and Abigail Tenembaum, founders of Virtuozo, coach everyone from TED speakers to CEOs to express their message effectively. "It's like a musical instrument, everybody can learn with enough practice," says Tenembaum.

The 4 Ways You Can Use Body Language To Influence Success If you see someone frowning, head bowed, shoulders slumped, it’s a fair bet they’re feeling low in confidence. But which came first: the slumped shoulders or the bad mood? Your body language doesn’t merely reflect your emotions, it’s often the cause. By learning some of the principal ways that your own posture, gestures, facial expression and even tone of voice affect your mind, you will be more aware of the factors influencing your mood, and give yourself an edge in presentations and negotiations.

How Sociologists Made Themselves Irrelevant Early in 2014, President Obama announced a new initiative, My Brother’s Keeper, aimed at alleviating the problems of black youth. Not only did a task force appointed to draw up the policy agenda not include a single professional sociologist, but I could find no evidence that any sociologist was even consulted in the critical first three months of the group’s work, summarized in a report to the president, despite the enormous amount of work sociologists have done on poverty and the problems of black youth. Sadly, this situation is typical because sociologists have become distant spectators rather than shapers of policy. In the effort to keep ourselves academically pure, we’ve also become largely irrelevant in molding the most important social enterprises of our era. We need to reinvigorate public sociology.

Four Improv Techniques That Can Help You Communicate Better Have you heard the one about the man who took off his pants in the middle of a corporate training exercise? "That happened once!" says actor Robyn Scott. She’s describing the freewheeling atmosphere integral to the communications workshops she runs for Second City, the improv theater that famously served as a launchpad for some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Steve Carell. As an instructor with Second City Works (SCW), the theater’s consulting side, Scott leads groups of up to 50 employees from such companies as Cisco, Facebook, and Google in a series of 10- to 20-minute exercises that draw on one of the key tenets of improv: the willingness to adopt a "Yes, and . . . " approach to conversation.

Gestures tell us much Gestures Offer Insight By Ipke Wachsmuth October 2006 Hand and arm movements do much more than accent words; they provide context for understanding Our body movements always convey something about us to other people. The Virtual Academic Welcome! To see a random sentence, just click the "generate" button below, and Pootwattle, our Virtual Academic(TM), will write one for you. You may generate as many random sentences as you can stand. 5 Body Postures That May Actually Boost Your Self-Esteem Wisdom tells us that the body is not worth as much as our inner being. However, it is our body that bridges the world into our soul. It is the means that nurtures our being not only by what our environment shows us. It is also affected by the way we choose to move and act our bodies. Try to be aware of your body posture in different environments: How do you sit up at the family dinner table?How do you stand while waiting for the bus?