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Embodied Communication in Humans and
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Ipke Wachsmuth, Manuela Lenzen, and Günther Knoblich

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231751

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231751.001.0001

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Everything is movement: on the nature of embodied communication

Everything is movement: on the nature of embodied communication

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Embodied Communication in Humans and Machines

Elisabeth Oberzaucher

Karl Grammer

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces motion quality as an analog signal in communication. It begins with an overview of the history of motion research, and then introduces a communication model that goes beyond signal ‘ping-pong’ theories, based on the evolutionary constraints of communication. Finally, it presents empirical studies on motion quality and the expressiveness of body motions demonstrating that body language is not easily disguised. These studies interpret the ability of humans to analyse other people's body language as a tool to identify honest signaling and to detect cheaters.

Keywords:   motion quality, signal, communication, motion research, ping-pong theories, body motions, body language, honest signaling

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