Nonverbal Dictionary

We're delighted to announce that David B. Givens, Ph.D., director of the Center for Nonverbal Studies has very kindly allowed us to share details of the Nonverbal Dictionary. This invaluable resource is used around the world as a reference tool and provides detailed information on gestures, signs and body language cues from Adam's-Apple-Jump to Zygomatic Smile.

Each entry in the Nonverbal Dictionary has been researched by anthropologists, archaeologists, biologists, linguists, psychiatrists, psychologists, semioticians, and others who have studied human communication from a scientific point of view.

You can access this outstanding online resource for free via the following link.

Nonverbal Dictionary

Many thanks to Eric Goulard for letting us know that the latest version of the NonVerbal dictionary is now online.

About The Author (Source: Psychology Today)

David B Givens

(Photo Credit: Doreen K. Givens)

David B. Givens, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for Nonverbal Studies in Spokane, WA, and the author of Your Body at Work: Sight-reading the Body Language of Business, Bosses, and Boardrooms (St. Martin's, New York, 2010). He's also the author of Love Signals: A Practical Field Guide to the Body Language of Courtship, and Crime Signals: How to Spot a Criminal Before You Become a Victim.

Dr. Givens began studying body language for his Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He served as Anthropologist in Residence at the American Anthropological Association in Washington, D.C. from 1985-97. He taught anthropology at the University of Washington and currently teaches in the School of Professional Studies at Gonzaga University. His expertise is in nonverbal communication, anthropology, and the brain.

Givens offers seminars to lawyers, judges, social workers, salespeople, and physicians, works with local law-enforcement agencies and the FBI, and consults with the U.S. intelligence community. Givens and neuroscientist Paul D. MacLean introduced the word "isopraxism" (the reptilian principle of mimicking) into the English language, as announced by the executive editor of the American Heritage Dictionary in the Atlantic Monthly.

His ideas on nonverbal communication have been written about in Omni, Harpers, the New Yorker, U.S. News & World Report and in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times.

About The Center

The Center for Nonverbal Studies (CNS) is a private, nonprofit research center located in Spokane, Washington. Underway since October 1, 1997, the Center's mission is to advance the study of human communication in all its forms apart from language. The Center's goal is to promote the scientific study of nonverbal communication , which includes body movement, gesture, facial expression, adornment and fashion, architecture, mass media, and consumer-product design.


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