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CHARISMA IN POLITICS: Analyzing Body Language
Furrowed brows, widened eyes, clenched teeth - such signals reveal a great deal about our leaders, and they also influence our reactions to media images. This program investigates ways in which facial expressions and nonverbal communication determine political charisma and power. Presenting examples from a wide range of historical and current sources, the film shows how psychologists diagram and analyze media images of politicians. Presidents Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton are studied, as well as French president Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Commentators include the eminent psychologist Dr. Paul Ekman and renowned political philosopher Dr. Roger D. Masters.