Local body language expert analyzes VP debate
A local body language expert analyzes the VP debate. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Voters in Southern Nevada are still talking about Thursday's Vice Presidential Debate; not so much the issues that were discussed, but the way the candidates presented themselves.
If there was one thing that stood out to viewers, it was Joe Biden's smile. The Vice President flashed it over and over again as his opponent was speaking.
Body language expert Dr. Jack Brown said Biden was over-animating, perhaps to compensate for what some people say was a flat performance from President Obama at last week's debate.
"He's really good at bringing out a sincere smile," Dr. Brown said. "He did that too much, and in addition, he did a one-sided smile. That's a subtle sign of contempt."
As for Paul Ryan, Dr. Brown noticed he drank a lot of water.
"You'll notice his adam's apple went up and down a bunch of times," Dr. Brown said. "Of course after he drank water, but before too. His mouth was really dry. That's a real common sign of nervousness."
These non-verbal cues were noticeable becuase the candidates were often shown in a split screen.
But is it fair to judge candidates on their mannerisms?
"It's all fair game," Dr. Brown said. "In face-to-face communication, if you read any scientific literature, 55 to 85 percent of communication is non-verbal."