05 oktober 2018

12:00 - 13:00

Registration & lunch.


Participants are welcomed with a lunch offered in the marble hall of the Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam.

13:00 - 13:30

Opening by chairman Gerard Stokkink, director at Expertisecentrum Lichaamstaal Nederland, formerly lecturer at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA/UvA).

13:30 - 14:30

Herman Ilgen (INSA)
Nonverbal Strategy Analysis focuses on the relationship between repetitive facial micro signals (Personal Nonverbal Repertoire, PNR) and personality. Together with the University of Amsterdam, INSA is the first to systematically research this specific field. After a first explorative research project INSA is now researching the relationship between PNR and negotiation of conflict handling styles. INSA also develops applications for various professionals (negotiators, lawyers, mediators, law enforcement, human resources, personal coaches).
Topics covered:
• The relevance of repetitive facial actions
•  predicting behavior: findings in the INSA-research projects 2011-2018. Dynamics of facial repetitive actions contribute to the understanding and predicting behavior 
• Brain and face: relationship with current academic literature on facial actions, including neuropsychological literature
• Measuring personality and tension levels: practical meaning for various professionals
The presentation will be illustrated with video material.

14:30 - 15:00

Nancy van Beest: the impact of the human voice as part of the non verbal and the intuitive meaning of the verbal communication. Why the actual message often do not correspond with our senses/instinct. 

15:00 - 15:15

Short break with tea and coffee

15:15 - 16:15

Mariska Kret (Leiden University):
Emotion Processing in Homo and Pan Abstract: Evolution prepared group-living species, (non)human primates included, to quickly recognize and adequately respond to specific emotional expressions.
Different theories propose that mimicry of emotional expression facilitates swift adaptive reactions. When species unconsciously mimic their companions' expressions of emotion, they come to feel reflections of their emotions that influence emotional and empathic behavior. The majority of emotion research has focused on human facial expressions. However, facial muscles can sometimes be controlled; people know when to smile, and when not to. Moreover, the fact that emotions are not only expressed in the face but by the whole body is still often ignored.

In this light I therefore argue for broader exploration of emotional signals from sources beyond the face or facial muscles which are more difficult to control. Specifically, I will argue that implicit sources including the whole body and subtle autonomic responses including pupil-dilation are picked up by observers and influence subsequent behavior. Across different primate species, seeing a conspecific being emotional and expressing that in one way or another, immediately and automatically attracts attention, yields mimicry and triggers action tendencies in observers. In my research I take a comparative approach and investigate similarities and differences in the perception of emotions between humans, chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and bonobos (Pan Paniscus).
I will here discuss new, recently collected data and suggest avenues for future research that will hopefully lead to better comprehension of emotional expressions and how we come to understand each other’s emotions.

16:15 - 16:45

Martijn van Agtmaal: characteristics of movements - interactive presentation.

16:45 - 17:00

Short break with a smoothie from the house

17:00 - 18:30

Rabah Aiouaz (keynote spaker) will explain the Bodysystemics (BSM) method to read body language. BSM gives explanation how to interpret bodily movements.

BS was created from the limitations encountered by researchers in the field of human non-verbal communication including the study of the relationship between the individual and his environment. In order to better understand intentions, emotions and motivations, man cannot be excluded from the system with which he interacts.

The Bodysystemics Method (BSM) focuses on understanding the system: the underlying logic, rules and principles which articulate the production of gestures, mimics and postures in their particular context. Creating an exhaustive list of non-verbal items is senseless without considering the subject’s relationships and can even lead to confusion. R. Birdhwhistell issued a pertinent warning to those who wanted to define the non-verbal as innate and universal.

BodySystemics follows for a large part the paradigms developed by social constructivists and the Palo Alto group and focuses on understanding cognition and human behavior.
Analogous to spoken language, within the naturalistic approach like that of P. Ekman, there have been attempts to compile a catalogue of names and concepts that correspond to items of non-verbal communication in the shape of an exhaustive ethogram: a dictionary. The Bodysystemics Method focuses on understanding the system in which these names and concepts interact with each other.

18:30 - 20:00

Panel discussion (questions & answers)

Closure by the chairman

Network drinks in the hall with amuse from the chef

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