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EIA launch FACS (Facial Action Coding System) for Body Language

We would just like to announce that one of our Lead Licensed Delivery Centres, Emotional Intelligence Academy ( has been working on a taxonomy of Body Language for the last 18 months and will be launching the framework in the new year.

It is a comprehensive framework that takes a similar approach to that taken by the Facial Action Coding System (FACS) with the face – just applied to the body. As you can imagine it is a huge piece of work to encapsulate all the body positions and movements that may communicate something to others. It is now in a format that they will release though they expect the refinement of the model to run for seven years+.

EIA have stopped short of covering the 200 variants of sign language, though the taxonomy breaks down to every part of the skeleton and joints (especially hands and arms) and they now believe its design will cope with any gesture, signal, symbol you can imagine – whether they mean anything to any culture, club, profession or generation… or not (yet!).

Please note that EIA are not even considering interpretation of each ‘signal’ at this stage as, like FACS, this aims to be a common taxonomy only. What they mean to different people and animals will come from the research EIA will push out and encourage once beta testing is completed. They are even avoiding English language descriptors, against a great deal of pressure to include them – to minimise bias and poor translation. It is purely numbers and videos/photos to allow cross cultural studies. Where FACS has <90 codes plus intensity, handedness and movement, the body is far more complex. So the model deals comprehensively (they claim) with only 400+ primary codes and multiple variations plus movement, degree, intensity, proximity, direction, elevation, and many other elements that apply to body signals and movement.

EIA are seeking professionals/academics working in the field to peer review the framework and would be keen to hear from those who might be interested in taking part. Anyone who is interested can let them through the link below (in the Research section) and they will mail out a formal invite early in 2013.

EIA assures any volunteers of proper recognition and access to the developing framework.

Please contact Emotional Intelligence Academy if you are interested in supporting this research.

Posted on: Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

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