Twenty-eight exercises to improve facial expression and body language skills
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This interactive book is a learning tool designed for those on the autism spectrum, but is useful for anyone who wishes to sharpen their abilities in reading facial expressions.
It features twenty-eight video clips of real emotions being displayed. Each is accompanied by still images and a detailed description. The examples have been chosen because they are recognisable and not too difficult to interpret.
Students are asked to watch the video – first in real time, then in slow motion – and to identify three actions which occur in the few seconds in which the emotion is being displayed. This may be movements of the head, or a crinkling around the eyes, or a tightly closed mouth. Students are given six options and asked to identify three key actions.
In completing the quizzes in this ebook, students look at each video clip and think about what changes are happening in the face and body as the person shows emotions such as sadness, excitement, approval, or affection.
How does the face tell us when someone is experiencing enjoyment, worry, or embarrassment? How does it show in the body? The twenty-eight examples help to build an overall understanding of the general signs of negative and positive emotions.