Body Language Trivia: Is Non-Verbal Communication Genetic?

Scientists who were studying the facial expressions of congenitally (born this way) deaf and blind children discovered that certain facial expressions were displayed in these children, even though they had not had the opportunity to mimic or learn these expressions through the observation of others. More specifically, even babies that cannot see or hear, smile.

Here’s something you can watch for in adults; start watching people while they are putting on their coat. You’ll notice that men will have a preference for putting their right arm in first. Conversely, women will tend to slip their left arm in first, while putting on a jacket or coat.

While I’m not aware of any peer reviewed studies regarding arm preference when putting on a coat, simple observation of others will clue you in on the likely genetic influence on some non-verbal behaviors.

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