Presenter Information

Amanda GardnerFollow

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Donna Gessell

Campus

Dahlonega

Proposal Type

Presentation - completed/ongoing

Subject Area

English/Communications

Location

Nesbitt 3213

Start Date

23-3-2018 2:00 PM

End Date

23-3-2018 3:00 PM

Description/Abstract

The goal of this paper is to examine how body language can be used in the process of criminal investigation and to argue that proper training in the interpretation of body language is essential to its effective use. I go over the chances that the average person has of successfully identifying deceit, and provide evidence that these chances can be greatly raised with training. In looking at the face, we learn that clues are left for a brief time after someone tells a lie, and due to the short life of these clues I argue that it is all the more necessary that police officers, who are in greatest proximity to these clues of deception, should be armed with the tools needed to properly analyze them. Looking at the movement of the body, I discuss the Reid Technique, which separates movement into illustrators and adaptors. Because the Reid Technique inaccurately assumes that all adaptors are indicative of deception, I use this as a cautionary tale with the warning that the interpretation of body language should avoid assumptions and allow for the fact that the innocent will be nervous during an interview. In my conclusion, I connect this idea to both Othello and Hamlet, since both plays feature the reading of body language but only one achieved accurate results. The television show Lie to Me is mentioned in conjunction with facial expressions, and I proffer that the show, and others like it, may cause a rise in interest in this topic.

Note to Conference Administrators

To my understanding, there is a Linguistics Panel being formed. I am unaware of all of the participants, but I would very much like to submit this work to be included in that panel.

Additional note: I have now uploaded my full paper. Thank you.

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Mar 23rd, 2:00 PM Mar 23rd, 3:00 PM

Though Tongues Were Out Of Use: The Body Language of the Guilty

Nesbitt 3213

The goal of this paper is to examine how body language can be used in the process of criminal investigation and to argue that proper training in the interpretation of body language is essential to its effective use. I go over the chances that the average person has of successfully identifying deceit, and provide evidence that these chances can be greatly raised with training. In looking at the face, we learn that clues are left for a brief time after someone tells a lie, and due to the short life of these clues I argue that it is all the more necessary that police officers, who are in greatest proximity to these clues of deception, should be armed with the tools needed to properly analyze them. Looking at the movement of the body, I discuss the Reid Technique, which separates movement into illustrators and adaptors. Because the Reid Technique inaccurately assumes that all adaptors are indicative of deception, I use this as a cautionary tale with the warning that the interpretation of body language should avoid assumptions and allow for the fact that the innocent will be nervous during an interview. In my conclusion, I connect this idea to both Othello and Hamlet, since both plays feature the reading of body language but only one achieved accurate results. The television show Lie to Me is mentioned in conjunction with facial expressions, and I proffer that the show, and others like it, may cause a rise in interest in this topic.