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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.
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(Anthropology & Ethnology) (functioning as singular) the study of the role of body movements, such as winking, shrugging, etc, in communication
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(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.
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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
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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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Kinesics The use of body language facial expressions, posture, etc.
Birdwhistell RL (1970) Kinesics and Context: Essays on Body Motion Communication.
As more 3D technologies were developed, the use of nonverbal communication (e.g., the modalities of proxemics, kinesics, and avatar appearance) has been highlighted to overcome verbal miscommunication in virtual worlds (Wigham & Chanier, 2013a).
I hoped this would document the careful kinesics style about which Lokorovar told me in 1965, in contrast to the loose, quick style of New Hanover folks.
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The ASA course educates and trains Soldiers on the human sensory system (five senses and the brain), the six domains of human behavior (heuristics, autonomics, kinesics, proxemics, geographies, atmospherics), principles of ground sign awareness (human pace, sign recognition), enhanced observation (why we see things, why we don't see things, signatures, and cues), how to establish a baseline (an initial set of critical observations to confirm the norm of an area), critical thinking (problem solving, anomaly detection), decision making (legal/moral/ethical, OODA [observe-orient-decide-act] loop, ASA algorithm), how to think like the enemy, and how to employ this knowledge and experience in order to be "left-of-bang."
This can be closer to the kinesics learning mode." A second comment on the prefocus group questionnaire about multimedia's impact on learning that also transpired throughout the focus group exchange was: "I feel that multimedia is another tool for classroom instructor that can supplement our courses.
We are a step away from kinesics, an exercise used by alphabet spook agencies to interpret in microseconds the decision the 'subject of interest' has taken and to react accordingly to block its conclusion.