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The NonVerbal Dictionary of Gestures, Signs & Body Language Cues

Selected Projects & Presentations

The Center for Nonverbal Studies (CNS) gave a Featured Presentation on "Establishing Viable Rapport Across Continents" on Tuesday, January 26, 1999, at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater, Florida. The Q-Search conference was sponsored by the Marketing Institute and the Institute for International Research (www.iir-ny.com).

CNS conducted field research on the Warm Wishes® product line for Hallmark Cards Inc., with the Center for Ethnographic Research, in Kansas City, Missouri, from March 1-5, 1999.

A presentation on "Product Selection and the Evolution of Consumer Goods" was given at the 98th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (Chicago Hilton & Towers Hotel, Thursday, November 18, 1999, in Private Dining Room 2, 3rd floor).

CNS conducted field research in Spokane, Washington, on signage for Hallmark Cards Inc., with the Center for Ethnographic Research in Kansas City, Missouri, from January 6-11, 2000.

A presentation on "Interrogation and the Interview: Nonverbal Agendas" was presented to the Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) on Wednesday, July 26, 2000, at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research & Technology Institute (SIRTI) in Spokane, Washington.

"Nonverbal Behavior for Investigations," was presented for the Behavior Analysis Training Institute at the CarrAmerica Realty Corporation Conference Center in Pleasanton, California, on Tuesday, December 19, 2000, from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.

Research on facial expressions was completed for LaForce & Stevens, 132 West 21st Street, New York, NY on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Oral Health.

Research on available consumer data was completed for Robideaux Marketing & Design on behalf of Olympic Foods and Sunkist (see the product at www.sunkistpure.com).

Observational and ethnographic product research was completed for Ethnographic Research, Inc., in Kansas City, Missouri, on behalf of Epson America.

CNS contributed copy on nonverbal communication for use in media ads by Sprint (July 2001).

CNS contributed information on nonverbal communication for use on the Intel Education Web Site (August 2001).

A product launch was held for Procter & Gamble's Olay Touch, on behalf of DeVries Public Relations, 30 East 60th Street, 14th Fl, New York, NY, in September, 2001.

Product research in China, England, Japan, Mexico, Sweden and the U.S. was completed for Ethnographic Research, Inc., Kansas City, Missouri, on behalf of Pfizer.

CNS provided training in nonverbal communication from 2002 - 2004 for the U.S. Department of Defense. (CNS is an official DoD contractor.)

CNS completed research on "The Language of Hands" in Los Angeles, Kansas City, Chicago, and Boston on behalf of Unilever. Results were shared at a press conference on the rooftop garden of the Library Hotel in New York City. ''Working with the Center for Nonverbal Studies, we better understand how people feel about their hands and the hands around them,'' said Pablo Gazzerra, Vaseline Intensive Care Brand director. ''From Dr. Given's conclusions, we are pleased that Healthy Hand Essentials Moisturizing Lotion will fulfill consumer need for a product to help correct the physical attributes that inhibit our communication'' (Amsterdam News, August 29, 2002).

CNS presented the keynote speech ("The Naked Ape and Cosmetic Behavior") to the International Cosmetic Forum (hosted by the European Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association [COLIPA] of Brussels, Belgium, under the patronage of the International Centre for Applied Research in Cosmetology and the Italian Society of Toxicology) at the Aula Magna Santa Lucia, University of Bologna, Bolgna, Italy, on March 6, 2003.

CNS conducted nonverbal research for Best Buy from June 12 - 21, 2003 in Maryland and Virginia, in cooperation with the Center for Ethnographic Research in Kansas City, Missouri.

CNS provided nonverbal training for the FBI on June 24 - 25, 2003 in Tampa, Florida.

CNS conducted research in September and October, 2003 for Dell Inc. in cooperation with the Center for Ethnographic Research in Kansas City, Missouri.

CNS conducted research in November and December, 2003 for Wendy's International, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio, and Spokane, Washington.

CNS completed its final report on January 30, 2004, for Dell Inc.

CNS conducted nonverbal focus-group research on men's grooming in April, 2004 for Robideaux Marketing & Design in cooperation with Strategic Research Associates in Spokane, Washington.

CNS conducted nonverbal training for Masterfoods USA, a division of Mars Incorporated, at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, from August 3-5, 2004.

CNS collaborated with economist and essayist, Jan Van Meenan, on his 2004 book, De Politiek Achter Het Gebaar (Roeselare: Roularta Books), about the body language of Belgian politicians.

CNS completed its final report for the U.S. Department of Defense in October, 2004.

CNS produced a white-paper report on "The Bioevolution of Human Hair" for Pfizer in October, 2004.

CNS conducted research on nonverbal messages conveyed by portraiture for Heller Communications in New York City in March, 2005.

CNS conducted research in February and March, 2005, in Dallas and Houston, Texas, for Wendy's International, Inc., on behalf of Pacific Ethnography in Santa Monica, California.

CNS staff wrote an article on nonverbal communication in face-to-face meetings (for designers) for Heller Communications in New York City in April, 2005.

CNS conducted research on nonverbal "comfort cues" in April, 2005, for Kimberly Clark's Kleenex division.

CNS analyzed nonverbal messages conveyed by corporate portraiture for Heller Communications in New York in September and October, 2005.

CNS conducted research on nonverbal communication in 2005-06 for Masterfoods USA in Vernon, California.

CNS analyzed nonverbal messages conveyed by corporate portraiture for NewPage Coated Paper in Dayton, Ohio in February and March, 2006.

CNS presented a seminar on "Roadside Reactions: Nonverbal Agendas for Police Officers" on March 2, 2006 to the Road Warrior Interdiction Network in Beaumont, Texas.

CNS presented a seminar on "Roadside Reactions: Nonverbal Agendas for Police Officers" on March 3, 2006 to the Beaumont Police Department at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.

CNS produced a white-paper report on "Rationale for Nonverbal Training in Telephone Sales" for SureSpeak, Inc., on behalf of Quicken Loans in April, 2006.

CNS presented a seminar on "Judicial Kinesics" on April 28, 2006 to the Texas College for Judicial Studies in Austin, Texas.

CNS provided training on "Reading the Person in Front of You: Nonverbal Signs, Signals and Cues," on September 19, 2006 in Saratoga Springs, New York, for the NYS Affirmative Action Advisory Council's Annual Training Symposium.

CNS presented a seminar on "Feelings Apart from Words" for Inland Northwest Blood Center in Spokane, Washington, November 16, 2007. 

CNS consulted on a project for the National Center for State Courts, on behalf of Greacen Associates in Regina, New Mexico, December 3, 2006 - November 27, 2007.

CNS presented a seminar on “Reading the Person in Front of You: Nonverbal Signs, Signals, and Cues” to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Seattle, Washington, February 27, 2008.

CNS presented a seminar on “Visible Deception: Nonverbal Signs, Signals, and Cues” to the FBI Polygraph Program at the Burton Federal Building in San Francisco, California, June 17, 2008.

CNS presented a seminar on “Reading Deception in the Field” for the U.S. EPA – Region 10 in Seattle, Washington, January 21, 2009.

CNS gave a keynote presentation on “Crime Signals in Casinos” at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 2, 2009, for World Game Protection, Inc.

CNS presented “Nonverbal Styles of Judicial Communication” to the 2009 Advanced Judicial Academy at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, Illinois in June, 2009.

On August 13, 2009 CNS met via teleconference with officials from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) regarding its audit—at the request of the U.S. Congress—of The Transportation Security Administration's (TSA’s) Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT) program. According to Dr. Jonathan Tumin of GAO’s Homeland Security & Justice Team, “TSA has told us that most of the nonverbal indicators they use to detect signals of stress, deception or fear are based on your [i.e., CNS's] research.” According to GAO's May 2010 Report to the U.S. House of Representatives (on "Aviation Security"), "TSA cited research on . . . nonverbal indicators by Dr. David Givens . . . as support for the choice of several of the behavior indicators" (May 20, 2010; www.gao.gov/new.items/d10763.pdf; accessed May 21, 2010).

CNS conducted training in “Nonverbal Behavior Analysis” for the FBI in Stafford, Virginia, on September 17, 2009.

CNS conducted training on “Crime Signals in Casinos,” for Niagara Falls Casinos, Ontario, Canada, on December 2 & 3, 2009.

CNS provided consulting services to Agence In Progress, Management de l'innovation, in Surenes, Paris, France, in September 2010.

CNS provided consulting services to Johnson & Johnson on Purell hand sanitizer, via Hunter Public Relations in New York, New York, in September 2010.

CNS provided consulting services on semiotics of the handshake to Johnson & Johnson for its Purell hand sanitizer, via Hunter Public Relations in New York, New York on September 27, 2010.

CNS presented "Body Language: How to Add Character to Your Characters" to the 2010 Idaho Writer's League Conference in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, in September 2010.

CNS provided ideas for Deloitte Consulting LLP on its "Art of Empathy Training" project in San Francisco, California, in October, 2010.

CNS provided consulting services on the semiotics of lips to Badoo.com, via PR Newswire in London, United Kingdom, in December, 2010.

CNS initiated a Weblog for Psychology Today ("Your Body at Work" [http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-body-work]) in 2010.

CNS presented "Body Language in the Workplace," jointly sponsored by Gonzaga University and Whitworth University, to Leadership Spokane, at the Red Lion River Inn, Spokane, Washington, on October 6, 2011.

CNS conducted training on "Interrogation and the Interview: Nonverbal Agendas," for the International Association of Arson Investigators in Spokane Valley, Washington, on October 27, 2011.

CNS took part in a documentary film on human courtship signs, for the BBC and National Geographic Society, produced by Pioneer Productions, Voyager House, 32 Galena Road, London, W6 OLT, England, on November 7, 2011.

CNS took part in a documentary film about sending a message into the distant future, for "Nuclear Underground," by Harvard University professors Peter Galinson and Robb Moss, on February 25, 2012. With musical scoring by Michael Einziger (rock band Incubus), the film is set to premier at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 2013.

CNS completed nonverbal research on male archetypes for Chivas Regal - International in Keith, Moray in Speyside, Scotland in June, 2012.

CNS presented "Body Language: How to Add Character to Your Characters," an invited talk on The Art of Writing, at Auntie's Bookstore in Spokane, Washington, on September 25, 2012.