Mark McGwire Body Language Analysis
For those that are baseball fans, Mark McGwire recently did an interview with Bob Costas admitting his steroid use during his career.
There have been various videos analyzing McGwire’s body language, facial expressions and demeanor.
Take a look below to see the videos and Dr. Matsumoto’s comments.
At around 3:40, McGwire does a sniffle with contempt.
Jennifer Rigdon is accurate when she describes the characteristics of buccinator movements. However, at 2:55 the reporter asks her about McGwire’s level of eye contact and lack of blinking. Rigdon suggests that this perhaps may be because McGwire is trying to control his emotions because he is lying. However, I disagree with her analysis. McGwire is actually doing a very subtle eye-lid tightener, which is either anger or concentration.
At 1:45 after the clip of McGwire is shown, Rigdon suggests that the paralinguistic cues indicate that he is defiant. However, the audience should know that there is no data to back up what Rigdon suggests here.
At 0:48 after the clip of McGwire discussing Tony LaRussa, Rigdon suggests that he does what she calls a “miserable smile” and suggests that he may be hiding something. This make absolutely no sense. McGwire is emotional – sad – and is trying to control it (as most people would in that situation). I would speculate that McGwire feels very bad about keeping LaRussa in the dark for all this time regarding his steroid use.
Please note that this video regarding McGwire starts around 3:20.
Fernandes’ analysis starts at around 1:25 when she says that McGwire is uncomfortable and that he looks “coached”. She even goes on to compare him to how Bill Clinton acted when he was speaking about Monica Lewinsky.
However, there is no reason for McGwire to be concealing anything at this point. He is admitting to doing wrongdoing, which is an obviously emotional process for him. He is genuinely emotional, shows lots of sadness and anger (which is understandable). His emotions probably have a lot to do with the distress and guilt he may feel about being interviewed and admitting his wrongdoing.
What do you think? Feel free to post a comment.