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In the News: Dr. Jennifer Schlegel

October 3, 2012

Dr. Jennifer Schlegel, professor of Anthropology at KU, offered her insight on how body language is a factor in the upcoming presidential debates. She argues that simple gestures such as finger-pointing and the simple greeting of one candidate to another are important to note. As the article describes, these are just some of the many important factors that will contribue to the ultimate decision of the voter.

"The debate format allows Romney to play to his strength as a boardroom chairman and multimillionaire in a low-touch culture," Schlegel said. "He is not being asked to interact in this situation to the degree where Obama may appear more appealing and comfortable as a former community organizer playing to a crowd, while taking the measure of that crowd."

Read the full article: What to look for in first debate (Reading Eagle)

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