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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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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.
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Research in oculesics (the elements of kinesics dedicated to eye-related nonverbal communication) has shown that eye contact instances in a public-speaking situation indicate more or less interest, attention and involvement with the audience (Beebe, 1974).
I am sure that the kinesics of fanaticism--the glazed look, the face that is purposively closed and nonreceptive--vary enormously, although this has not yet been analyzed with film or subjected to computer analysis.
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Sue and Sue (2008) explained that cultural differences could cause misunderstandings of implicit communication, including proxemics (interpersonal space), kinesics (body movements), paralanguage (vocal cues) and high-low context communication (degree of reliance on non-verbal cues).
Maslow, Ashley Montague, Ray Birdwhistell on kinesics, Milton Rokeach on "The Three Christs of Ypsilanti," Virginia Satir on family communication, and Lawrence Frank on tactile communication.
The author also urges interviewers to master obscure-sounding, but practical, techniques such as proxemics (the study of spatial distances that people keep between themselves and others), kinesics (the study of body language), and synchrony (the sense that the interviewer and witness are moving mentally and physically in harmony).
The master crime writer introduced kinesics expert Kathryn Dance briefly in his previous novel, The Cold Moon, but nowgives her a series of her own, the first of which finds her up against a ritual murderer known as The Son Of Manson.
Through kinesics, the study of nonverbal behavior, scientists have learned that facial expressions, gestures, posture, and other body movements transmit messages that either reinforce or contradict the spoken message.