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Kinesics (or, How to Get Chicks)


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Is kinesics (the study of body language) like computer programming? Presented to an audience of geeks.

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Kinesics (or, How to Get Chicks)

  1. 1. Kinesics<br />Erica Douglass, Hackers ‘09<br /><br /><br />
  2. 2. How To Get Chicks<br />Erica Douglass, Hackers ‘09<br /><br /><br />
  3. 3. How To Get Chicks(Or Dudes, If That’s Your Thing)<br />Erica Douglass, Hackers ‘09<br /><br /><br />
  4. 4. “I try to learn certain areas of computer science exhaustively; then I try to digest that knowledge into a form that is accessible to people who don&apos;t have time for such study.” <br /> --Donald Knuth<br />
  5. 5. Are People Like Programs?<br />Reading body language = reading source code<br />Gesture clusters = classes<br />
  6. 6. Gestures Women Use to Express Interest<br />Smoothing/arranging hair<br />Smoothing clothes<br />Looking at their own reflection<br />Slow crossing and uncrossing of legs<br />...combined with direct eye contact<br />
  7. 7. Gestures Men Use to Express Interest<br />“Preening”<br />Smoothing or pushing hair back<br />Straightening of tie<br />Checking fingernails<br />Performing a quick personal inspection<br />...combined with direct eye contact<br />
  8. 8. Common Gestures<br />
  9. 9. But seriously...<br />People are systems, too...<br />Our body language can be “read” just like source code!<br />
  10. 10. Why Is This Important?<br />Job interviews<br />Meeting with potential clients<br />Relationships (new or current)<br />Even feeling more comfortable talking to others at conferences, like Hackers.<br />
  11. 11. Kinesics Resources<br />Rules for accurate reading (important!) <br /><br />“Dictionary” of common gestures: How to Read a Person Like a Book (~$7 at most bookstores)<br />