West analyzes candidates' communication styles, including body language

September 25, 2012

Professor of Communication Studies Richard West spoke with WBZ’s Drew Moholland during the news station’s WaterCooler segment on September 22 about nonverbal communication at political debates. West, who is also president of the National Communication Association, said Elizabeth Warren and Senator Scott Brown both used the full range of their voices at their first debate on September 20. This is a sign, he said, that they were “not afraid to convey different messages.” He said speaking slowly and using silence and pauses for emphasis can also contribute to a successful debating style.

Listen to Rich West on WBZ 1030.