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Nonconscious Movements: From Mystical Messages To Facilitated Communication

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A book by Herman Spitz

Everyone in the field of mental retardation, and for that matter every student and teacher of psychology, should read this smart, informative, fascinating little book.  —American Journal on Mental RetardationThis book should go a long … see full wiki

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Author: Herman Spitz
Genre: Health, Mind & Body
Publisher: Routledge
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Good overview of a neglected topic

  • Jan 14, 2000
There aren't many good books illustrating the complexity of our nonverbal communication in a practical way. They usually break down into simplistic popular books claiming that specific gestures mean specific things, and then scholarly but tedious tomes about the myriad factors in nonverbal communication. This book fills part of that gap very nicely with practical real-life examples of ways we communicate and act without explicit awareness of what we are doing. And most importantly, it discusses the implications of these phenomena. Many things that seem mysterious or even supernatural can be elegantly and usefully understood in terms of sophisticated forms of communication without conscious awareness. This book thankfully goes well beyond the crude 'debunking' of pendulums and calculating horses, and shows a real appreciation for mechanisms underlying a number of remarkable effects. The only weakness, as an academic text, is that the book does not cover some of the pertinent recent research, but its moderate scope is part of what makes it so readable compared to other similar texts.

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