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Dr. David Matsumoto, is a renowned expert in the field of microexpressions, gesture, nonverbal behavior, culture and emotion. He is the director of Humintell, a company that provides training to individuals and organizations in these fields.

Dr. Matsumoto is also a Professor of Psychology at San Francisco State University. He is the Founder and Director of SFSU’s Culture and Emotion Research Laboratory. The laboratory focuses on studies involving culture, emotion, social interaction and communication.

In 2009, Matsumoto was one of the select few to receive the prestigious Minerva Grant; a $1.9 million grant from the US Department of Defense to examine the role of emotions in ideologically-based groups.

Matsumoto is also the owner and head instructor of the East Bay Judo Institute in El Cerrito, California.

What was the inspiration for your new book?

We created Nonverbal Communication: Science and Applications because there was a gap in the available books. Many are for scientists that don't really translate how the scientific work can be translated into practice. Others are by practitioners, with sometimes little or no nod to the science, and in some cases discussing nonverbal behaviors (NVBs) that have not been validated.

We wrote this book so that scientists could appreciate the practical use of research, and practitioners could appreciate the science behind validated NVB indicators.

Do Micro-expressions play a role in detecting deception?

Yes, but always in context to what is being stated (or not). For more information in relation to this question, I suggest that people take a look at this article that I wrote for the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin:

Click Here to read this excellent article in full.

Are there more verbal or visual clues to deceit?

It's really hard to say. It differs across people, although I don't know of a study that elucidates the individual differences in this issue.

Who gave you inspiration to choose a career in non-verbal communication?

I started out wanting to know how babies knew how their caretakers (moms) felt even though they (the babies) couldn't understand the language yet. This inspired me to learn more about nonverbal communication and thus I began studying it.

What's on your agenda for the rest of 2012?

More basic and applied research, and training as many people as possible on the scientifically validated indicators of threat and deception to keep us all safe and sound.

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Edited by three leading authorities on nonverbal behavior, this book examines state-of-the-art research and knowledge regarding nonverbal behavior and applies that scientific knowledge to a broad range of fields.

The editors present a true scientist–practitioner model, blending cutting-edge behavioral science with real-world practical experience, thus making this text the first of its kind to merge theoretical and practical worlds.

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