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By Carol-Lynne Moore, Kaoru Yamamoto

Beyond Words offers various illuminating ways to studying each day social interactions, to assist the reader comprehend human circulation in new ways.

Carol-Lynne Moore and Kaoru Yamamoto construct at the rules that they expertly explored within the first variation of the ebook, protecting a spotlight at the approaches of circulate rather than discussions of static physique language. The authors mix textual dialogue with a brand new set of website-hosted video directions to make sure that readers strengthen an in-depth realizing of nonverbal conversation, in addition to the paintings of its such a lot influential analyst, Rudolf Laban.

This fully-revised, generally illustrated moment variation incorporates a new advent by way of the authors. It offers a desirable perception into this important box of research, and should be a useful source for students and practitioners in lots of actions, from appearing and martial arts, athletics, to healing and religious practices, clash solution, enterprise interactions, and intercultural relations.

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Formerly, such dances were one of the main means of schooling the young to adapt themselves to the habits and customs of their forebears. (1971a: 18) Mumford seconds this opinion, writing that “it is surely here [in movement ritual] that sharable meanings have their beginnings; for naming, describing, relating, commanding, rationally communicating came as relatively late manifestations. Face-to-face communal expression through bodily movements almost surely comes first” (1967: 61). These authors’ speculations draw some degree of support from the gestural theory of language evolution, proposed by some contemporary linguists and neuroscientists (Armstrong, Stokoe, and Wilcox 1995).

The gorilla’s brain does not continue to grow. For the human baby, however, a growth spurt begins post-partum and continues through adolescence, with three-quarters of the human brain developing outside the womb (Yamamoto 2007). “It is this peculiar leap, unlike anything else we know in the animal world, which gives to man his uniquely human qualities” (Eiseley 1957: 109). This singular and dramatic growth spurt of the brain profoundly affects human movement patterns, for the parts of the brain and central and peripheral nervous systems that control voluntary movements are among those that develop after birth.

After experiencing these exercises, the following discussion provides further insight into how the various senses can be used to heighten movement awareness and develop observation skill. 30 Module A Discussion Human body movement is an ever-present, complex, and meaningful part of our social lives. Yet, movement awareness usually functions below the level of conscious attention. The first task facing the observer is to increase and refine awareness of movement. The exercises in the visual portion of this chapter were designed to accomplish this task in various ways.

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