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Geoffrey Beattie
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13 Nov 2003 0415308100 978-0415308106
Are you saying one thing whilst your hands reveal another?

Are you influenced by other people's body language without even knowing it?

Darting through examples found anywhere from the controlled psychology laboratory to modern advertising and the Big Brother TV phenomenon, official Big Brother psychologist Geoffrey Beattie takes on the issue of what our everyday gestures mean and how they affect our relationships with other people. For a long time psychologists have misunderstood body language as an emotional nonverbal side effect. In this book Geoffrey Beattie ranges across the history of communication from Cicero to Chomsky to demonstrate that by adding to or even contradicting what we say, gestures literally make our true thoughts visible. A unique blend of popular examples and scientific research presented in language that everybody can understand, Visible Thought is an accessible and groundbreaking text that will appeal to those interested in social psychology and anyone who wants to delve beneath the surface of human interaction.

Geoffrey Beattie is the official Big Brother psychologist and Professor at the Department of Psychology, University of Manchester. He is a recipient of the Spearman Medal awarded by the British Psychological Society for 'published psychological work of outstanding merit'.

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (13 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415308100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415308106
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 17 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 401,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Geoff Beattie:

Geoff Beattie is Professor of Psychology at Edge Hill University. He was Professor of Psychology at the University of Manchester from 1994 to 2012 and was Head of School of Psychological Sciences from 2004 to 2011. He obtained his PhD in Psychology from the University of Cambridge (Trinity College) and is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). He was awarded the Spearman Medal by the BPS for 'published psychological research of outstanding merit'. Geoffrey was President of the Psychology section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (2005-2006).
He is widely regarded as one of the leading international figures on nonverbal communication and has published 19 books on a range of topics (including one novel 'The Corner Boys') many of which have either won or been short-listed for major national or international prizes. He was the resident psychologist on ten 'Big Brother' series and has also presented a number of television programmes for BBC1, Channel 4 and UKTV Style (including 'Life's Too Short', 'Family SOS', 'Dump Your Mates in Four Days' and 'The Farm of Fussy Eaters').
Professor Beattie's academic publications have appeared in a wide variety of international journals including Nature, Semiotica and the Journal of Language and Social Psychology. He has also written for a diverse range of newspapers and magazines including: The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, The Sunday Telegraph, The Observer, The New Statesman, and Marie Claire.

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"'Geoffrey Beattie breathes new life into a thousand tired old cliches about body language. This is a fascinating book on two levels. The first is a serious scientific one arguing for new ideas about nonverbal communication. The second level is perhaps a shade less Nature and a dash more Heat or Hello. As Big Brother psychologist, Beattie is able to offer insights into such aspects of contemporary culture as Stuart's wink and Kate's eye contact. It's an excellent, provocative read." - David Cohen, psychologist and author of How the Child's Mind Develops


"For those wanting an academic text on non-verbal communication this is a thoughtful, up-to-date book."- The Times Higher Educational Supplement, 26/11/04

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2.0 out of 5 stars Expected more 26 Jan 2014
By suzana
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I was very interested in body language and this book keeps referencing Big brother from previous years, which I haven't seen, so it was pointless buy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three out of Five for a reason 18 May 2006
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I rated this book three out of five stars in part because it was not what I expected and there seemed to be to much time devoted to his theory and not enough to the conclusion . I bought visible thought in an effort to understand body language and it's real world applications and while I can't say that the book failed completely I can say that there is very little within the pages of this book explaining which gestures generally convey specific meanings and how to interpret them. The book is chopped full of a page by page analysis of mr.Beattie's experiments that are compiled to convince the reader of the validity of his research and findings. I ultimately walked away from this book with a better understanding of what percentage of communication gesticulation plays a part of but other than that, I was some what bored with this read. Too much bread and not enough meat.
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