Shakes His Head In Agreement
“The nod doesn`t mean you agree with what you hear,” he says. “One of the most surprising things we found is that if you think negative thoughts while you nod, it actually reinforces your disapproval. What the head nods is to make you more confident in your negative thoughts. A head jolt is a gesture where the head is turned left and right along the cross plane in a quick episode. In many cultures, it is the most common, but not universal, used to display disagreements, denial or rejection. It can also be synonymous with disapproval or exagresion to a situation, often with slower movement. Shaking your head trying out food, in Western cultures, can also communicate whether you like food or strong consent. The emphasis on raised eyebrows and eye coiling is so great that the real nod to the top is secondary at the end. A person can say “no” simply by raising an eyebrow and wrapping his eyes, the head remaining completely silent. In Greece and Cyprus in particular, the only sign of no is almost always associated with a simultaneous increase in eyebrows and, more often than not, a slight (or complete) eye curl. There is also a sound that sometimes accompanies the whole gesture, called “A”. This sound has a strong resemblance, but it is not identical to the sound of British Tutting. The use of “A” is optional and reserved only for the strong emphasis on the “no.” Redick grimaced and shook his head for a moment when McAdams, 52, of Groveland, accused him of being a “coward” because he had not looked at her during his testimony. (The Union Democrat) “We think we`re nodding or shaking our heads as something that communicates to other people, but it turns out he`s also communicating with ourselves,” said Richard Petty, co-author of the study and a professor of psychology at Ohio State University.
Don`t bet on it, says Psychologist Richard Petty of Ohio State University, whose research shows that what we think of something can actually be influenced by a simple nod or a simple shake-head. “By nodding and down, we gain confidence in what we think. But by shaking our heads from side to side, we lose confidence in our own thoughts. If not, and you can start from a typical Western context, I am quite indifferent between “I nodded yes” and “I shook my head no.” I would compare it to the difference between “I shrugged” and “I shrug” (although I suppose you can get rid of a burden, but that`s another thought).