Learn to decode body language

Jason Mattingley.
Jason Mattingley.

DECODING body language is a skill many of us would love to possess and now may be your chance to learn.

Things such as gestures, facial expressions and changes of posture are often more truthful than speech and, today, leading neuroscientist and clinical nueropsychologist Professor Jason B. Mattingley will talk on how to decode and extract meaning from those actions we see in other people.

Professor Mattingley believes that one answer is we process observed actions within our own brain’s systems for producing actions – in cells known as ‘mirror neurons’.

“I will describe a series of experiments we have conducted into mirror neurons in humans,” he said.

“I will also show how, remarkably, the activity of mirror neurons can be shaped by social context.” The talk is part of a regular Psychology Colloquia series and is open to the public. It begins at 3.30pm today, in room D-350 at the Coffs Harbour Campus.

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