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 (kə-nē′sĭks, -zĭks, kī-)
n. (used with a sing. verb)
The study of nonlinguistic bodily movements, such as gestures and facial expressions, as a systematic mode of communication.

[From Greek kīnēsis, movement; see kinesis.]

ki·ne′sic (-sĭk, -zĭk) adj.


(Anthropology & Ethnology) (functioning as singular) the study of the role of body movements, such as winking, shrugging, etc, in communication


(kɪˈni sɪks, -zɪks, kaɪ-)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
the study of body movements, gestures, facial expressions, etc., as a means of communication.
[1950–55; < Greek kinēs(is) (see kinesis) + -ics]
ki•ne′sic, adj.
ki•ne′si•cal•ly, adv.


Linguistics. a systematic study of nonverbal body gestures, as smiles, hand motions, or other movements, in their relation to human communication; body language. Also called pasimology.kinesic, adj.
See also: Gesture


The study of the way in which facial expressions and body movements are used for the purposes of communication. This is also known as body language, as is proxemics.
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Control on facial expressions, kinesics, gestures, eye contact, voice modulation, word stress pitch variation and pauses are required equally by a corporate in his business meetings as any actor needs in his performances.
The two other important ones are paralanguage, and that's how you're delivering the words, so tone of voice, and the really big one is kinesics, and that has to do with action-based, nonverbal communication.
Results show the benefits of using neuroscientific techniques in the design and test of audiovisual contents, and the potential of ICT in learning processes in stimulating touch-sensitive, kinesics (Perez, 2008), customized and interactive experiences (Perez, 2008).
Mills, Comber, and Kelly (2013) call for a greater focus on the sensorial dimension of children's use of digital media in relationship to literacy practices, claiming that "literacy practices are not only acquired through the mind, but are also reliant on embodiment, sensoriality, co-presence, and kinesics of the body in place" (p.
The work of Catherine Bateson was influenced by her educational background in the kinesics perspective on nonverbal communication, created by the anthropologist Ray Birdwhistell (Bateson, 1975a, 1975b, 1979).
He has received numerous awards, such as the Commissioner's Recognition, Top Cop, Interview and Interrogation, Kinesics Investigation and Undercover Operations.
These behaviors include kinesics, (the study of body movements when communicating), gestures and facial expressions, proxemics (the nature, degree and effect of the spatial separation individuals naturally maintain), olfaction, skin sensitivity, the use of artifacts, physical characteristics, eye movement, touching behavior, and environmental factors.
Kinesics The use of body language facial expressions, posture, etc.
Birdwhistell RL (1970) Kinesics and Context: Essays on Body Motion Communication.
the modalities of proxemics, kinesics, and avatar appearance) has been highlighted to overcome verbal miscommunication in virtual worlds (Wigham & Chanier, 2013a).
Numerous surprises are in store for Kathryn Dance (and the reader) in bestseller Deaver's stellar fourth novel featuring the California Bureau of investigation kinesics expert.