Leaders Debate

April 2015

It was more unpredictable than previous formats and brought a new set of social dynamics to bear on the process. It was going to be harder for the politicians involved to maintain their rehearsed and controlled performances in terms of their body language and I highlighted several behaviours that might allow the public to see behind the masks of the modern politician. I mentioned micro-expressions as a way of reading their underlying emotional state, be it anger, fear, disgust or contempt, and explained how to identify micro expressions when masking smiles fade. I also highlighted the possibility of gesture-speech mismatches when the content of the speech and the message contained in the gesture appear to differ, but where the gesture may give some insight into the politician's underlying thoughts. I emphasised that the debate later that night could provide a unique opportunity to learn more about our political masters.