Are you sitting comfortably? Body Gestural Cues in Relation to Power Roles and Other Factors
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The significance of gesture in communication is not a novel idea, but awareness is rising in the face of a new culture of technology. Alongside the emergence of buzzwords such as ‘usability’, ‘interaction design’, and ‘human factors’, an opportunity for research opens up in the field of psycholinguistics. In this investigation, an observational exploration is presented through a quantitative statistical analysis on head and trunk movement in order to identify the potential influences of power roles. The varying physical presence of co-operative partners, and the subsets of these variables on the possible organisation of non-verbal behaviour, particularly body positioning and head movement form the basis of analysis for this paper. ELAN software was used in this exercise, and a coding method of movement was developed. The results provided evidence to support the hypothesis that movement is related to more than ’fidgeting’. In particular, there appears to be a significant relationship between instruction and movement.