The Secrets of Body Language

The Secrets of Body Language
The Secrets of Body Language

Hey GirlMoguls, it’s Poppy here. I thought today I’d talk a little about body language – that’s when what you to with your body tells a story just as much as what you’re saying – sometimes body language will even reveal what you’re really feeling or thinking, even if you’re words are saying something totally different.  Like if you’re totally bummed out your mom had to cancel your latest trip to the museum because of work, but you tell her it’s ok so you don’t hurt her feelings.  Your words might be saying, it’s ok, but your body could be telling a whole other story.

So there’s actually scientist who study body language and they’ve found that the reason our bodies can’t lie – even if we’re saying something different, is because of our physical reactions to something.

Here’s a rundown of some common situations where body language may help you decode the full story….

Guilty or Nervous – Maybe you’ve seen it movies or cop shows.  A suspect sits in a room under a bright light while the good cop and bad cop goes to work.  They tell the suspect we know you did. The suspect looks guilty – she’s crossing her legs and kicks her foot up and down.  The cops keep badgering her, but then find out she has the perfect alibi.  Turns out that she was just nervous – not guilty.

So what should you do if you ever find yourself accuses of something you didn’t do – like making breaking your mom’s favorite vase or cheating on a quiz – well don’t let your nerves make you guilty.   You’ll want to calm those nerves and project innocence by sitting still.  Keep your knees been and cross your legs at the ankles. Don’t kick or fidget and you’ll look like one cool – and innocent customer.

Stand and Deliver – You just got a chance to be a counselor in training at summer camp. You’re talking to the director and you think you’ve just about sealed the deal.  Not only will you get to hang with your friends all summer, you’ll pocket some cash and get to play all day – what could be better.  But wait, the camp director has just paused and put her finger together to forms a steeple.  What could be coming?  Well – she’s probably about to ask a serious question where the answer is pretty darn important – like if you really have enough experience to handle a busload of kids on a sugar high…So what do you do if you really want the job?

Stand up tall and straight, don’t fidget or fiddle, and channel your inner superhero – look confident and you’ll feel confident and guess what – you’ll sound super grown up and mature (and confident) when you answer the question.    And hey – this trick works when you’re trying to convince your parents that you really, really need the new microscope from ScienceWorld to finish up your algae facial research – or whatever else you might be jonesing to do – like go to the movies on your own….

Fiddle-Faddle – You’re the new girl in school and you’ve picked out your outfit, down to the cute necklace.  You take a deep breath, enter the classrom and find your hand straying up to your favorite lucky charm necklace.  You touch it, feel the charm and instantly feel so much better, you keep playing with as you try to find a seat.  So do you look cool, calm and confident, ready to own the school?  Or are you projecting insecurity and nervousness?  Umm, if you guess insecure and shy, you’re right.  Fiddling and fidgeting – either with your legs, hands or some piece of jewelry is a dead giveaway that you’re a bundle of nerves.  So if you want to appear cool, calm and confident remember these three things – Stand up straight, Don’t Fidget, and smile.  You’ll look totally awesome and put together and people will smile back – and soon you’ll be making friends left and right.

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A Shocking Fact about Static Shock

A Shocking Lesson!

How to Avoid Static Shock
How to Avoid Static Shock

Girlmoguls, I have some SHOCKing science facts I learned in school today. They’re about electricity and static. Now, I know it may seem boring, but it’s really cool and totally affects you! Read on!

Have you ever walked across the room to your door to turn the door knob and suddenly felt a shock in your hand? Or, how about touching the door of a car in the winter time and jumping back from getting shocked? What you experienced is known as static shock. People usually tend to get shocked when they touch metal objects, especially in the winter time.

Everything from your hair, hat, gloves, doorknob, car door to regular metal objects have electrical charges. Everything in the world is made of the tiniest particles of matter called atoms. Atoms can be further broken down to 3 different parts (Protons, electrons and neutrons). Protons have positive charges, electrons have negative charges, and neutrons do not have any charge. When two objects rub against one another, electrons are transferred from the atoms of one object to the other. The object gaining the electrons are now negative charged and the objects releasing the electrons are now positively charged. This unbalance of charges causes the static shock.

If you run your fingers through your hair several times and then go and touch a metal door of a car or a doorknob, there is a good chance you might get a static shock. The reason for this is as you run your fingers through your hair, you are taking some of the electrons away from the atoms in your hair strands into the atoms in your hands. Then as you touch the metal doorknob, you feel a sudden shock because you have just transferred the extra electrons from the atoms in your hand to the atoms of the doorknob.

Static shocks are usually at its peak when the temperature is cold and the air is dry. That’s why you may experience it most during the winter season. The heat inside dries the air and it can enhance the chances of getting shocked. The static goes away when the temperature gets more humid and the air is less dry. There aren’t any real health risks from getting static shocks. There are ways to get around it, so I would suggest keeping your hands moist and use lotion during the winter time. It has worked for me in the past!

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Hey, Don’t Miss that Blind Spot!

Blind Spot Test
Blind Spot Test

Hey everyone. It’s Poppy here, your resident go-to girl for matters on science! Now, I know you might not like going to science class, but I’m going to tell you some cool stuff I learned from a psychologist I met at a college I visited with my mom. They were talking about the brain, and what happens in order for us to see something. The diagrams looked really complicated, but when she broke it down, I learned something really awesome about our vision!

We have something called a blind spot. And, it’s exactly what you’re thinking. It’s an actual spot where we can’t see. How does this happen? Well, let’s start from the beginning. When we look at an object, say a red apple, it sends physical waves to our eyes that move through the different parts of the eye. You know about your pupil, right? Well, that is just one of the many muscular components that make up our eyes, and allow us to see. Apparently, the pupil is actually a hole that is made from a gap in our eye muscles! Our eyes transfer those physical waves from muscle to muscle until they reach the site of transduction, which means they get turned into something called neural impulses. Now, I know it may seem like a lot of big words, which is what I thought, but the psychologist explained it to me in a simple way: the waves go through the eye, get to a site where things change, and then they come out as messages that are sent to our brains. Those messages tell us what we are seeing, and that we can out the image in our memory.

So, where does this whole blind spot come in? That has to do with memory. Our eyes don’t actually cover all the physical space in front of us when looking at a specific point. There is a spot that we can’t see, but we don’t see a hole or black spot there. Instead, our brain fills it in with our memories of familiar objects. For instance, if we only see a portion of something red, round, smooth, and shiny, our brain registers that the object is an apple. It does the same thing here, which is why we can’t see the blind spot. One way to know it’s there, though, is to look an object with one eye closed, and then switch eyes. The object isn’t in the same place, is it? This means that there is a blind spot, and that our brain fills it in for us! See, science isn’t always about words on a textbook- it can tell us cool things that our bodies do that we didn’t even know about!

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Weird Science: Some cool facts about our bodies!

Anatomy  of the Human Body
Anatomy of the Human Body

Hey GirlMoguls! It’s Poppy here, and I came across some really cool scientific facts about the human body. I just wanted to share them with you.

Have you ever held your breath just to see how long you can go without breathing? Ever wonder why we can’t go on without breathing for a very long time? Out of all the oxygen that we breathe into our body, our brain uses up more than a quarter of it. Our brain is the most important part of our body, and it requires the most oxygen to function.

Can you locate the smallest bone in your body? Most people don’t realize but the smallest bone is located in the middle of our ears.

When was the last time you ate today? Chances are you have not digested your last meal yet. It takes about 12 hours after eating for a human body to fully digest its food. It goes through many phases in your digestive system before it is fully digested. Chances are you probably digest your breakfast around the time you have your dinner.

How long can you go without blinking? Can you imagine blinking only once or twice a minute? Chances are your eyes will start to burn and you will need to blink. Without consciously knowing, we blink every 5-6 seconds. However, there was a point in our life where each of us only blinked once or twice a minute. Babies/infants only blink once or twice every minute!

Ever wonder when our body stops growing as we get older? There comes a point in all of our lives when we age that our body physically stops growing. While that is true for most of our body parts, there are two parts of our body that continues to grow throughout our entire lifetime. They are our nose and ears! It’s kind of hard to believe, but it’s true. Well, while it may not be noticeable to a human eye, it certainly happens as we continue to get older.

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