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Here at the Science of People we are working on collecting the largest set of data ever recorded on body language skills and nonverbal communication. Help us and quiz yourself by answering the questions below to test your skills.

 Take this 5 minute quiz and see how your body language ranks!


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About Vanessa Van Edwards

Vanessa Van Edwards is a published author and behavioral investigator. She is a Huffington Post columnist and her courses and research has been featured on CNN, Forbes, Business Week and the Wall Street Journal. As a published Penguin author, Vanessa regularly speaks and appears in the media to talk about her research. She is a sought after consultant and speaker.

  • Daniel Ott

    Not working for me! Anyone else having trouble with it?

    • Bonnie Fiser

      It didn’t work for me either.

    • bdam

      It doesn’t work on Chrome, IE works

  • Cody Sheets

    Worked for me!

  • BobbyA

    You asked , ” Which of these poses would make you feel the most confident? “. My correct answer is not the person striking their power pose. For me it is the person that knows the situation and remains competently calm, mentally prepared for the task. Best exhibited in pose B.

    • Jonathan

      I had the same thought. I chose B as well

      • sally

        I chose C coz I’m a woman and most related to C rather than B or D.

        • Rory

          C would have been my choice until I noticed the crossed arms which is a defensive action showing she might be hiding something therefore I wouldn’t pick c and I also thing d is over exaggerating their confidence which leads me to believe it’s fake

    • EricH

      I didn’t relate to the power pose either. There was something about the pose that didn’t seem genuine to me. I choose the woman with arms crossed. But I also read it is which pose, if you saw it, would make you feel the most confident in the other person.

    • Sheldon

      Yes, pose B does appear relaxed and confident. However, one can “hide” behind a desk. Confident folks expose the ventral (front) of their bodies. Even when you “fake” confidence, you eventually feel confident. So folks, show off that ventral side

    • firefly

      I just considered that to be a non-question which didn’t belong in the quiz, because each and everyone will answer that question differently. We all feel confident in different settings. That guy though, something is wrong about him. he comes across as if he’s faking it and so doesn’t appear confident at all. I liked the woman, and the guy behind the desk on an equal level. I ended up choosing the women, probably because I am one.

    • Justin

      The answer D is because he has his chest out and that shows pride and confidence.

  • Jess

    Works on Chrome. Does not work on Safari. :)

  • Dawn

    I tried to take this quiz like 5 times, wondering why I couldn’t get any results. Now I see someone says it doesn’t work with Safari. Well why not?!? It’s the ONLY browser I have on this computer. Really bummed because I bought the CL course and looks like I may not be able to use some of these resources since I don’t have another browser. :(

    • Maui

      Wondering why it wasn’t working for me. Just use Chrome or Firefox, doesn’t take much to download them.

  • Mustafa

    Thanks for great quiz
    Got 78% :)

  • Mark Midwinter

    Ha! I got 56%! I’ve got a bit of studying to do! Thanks Vanessa – really good and interesting quiz!

  • Connie O

    Hey, picked only one answer wrong, 89% score. Fun to do, Thanks Vanessa!!

  • Ray

    78% not bad! Never knew that i am good at it. :) Indeed a fun quiz!

    • Danielle McRae

      Hi Ray, thanks for taking the quiz! And awesome job! – Danielle and the Science of People Team

  • Hunter Ellis

    Yeah I got 100%

  • michael grattini

    Could not get a score.

    • Danielle McRae

      Hi Michael, sorry to hear you are having problems with the quiz. Perhaps try it once more to see if you can get a score? -Danielle and the Science of People Team

  • Murali Mg

    89 :-)

    • Danielle McRae

      Awesome job, Murali! -Danielle and the Science of People Team

  • Zenith Jubilant

    89% :D

  • guest

    The eyebrows in the image for fear almost resemble surprise. Aren’t the brows regularly more rigid and drawn together when someone is afraid?

    • Danielle McRae

      Hi, thank you for your comment. It’s very easy to confuse fear and surprise, so here’s the clue: when experiencing fear, the eyebrows raise up but stay flat across the face. When experiencing surprise, the eyebrows raise up and form and upside down “U” shape. Hope this helps! -Danielle and the Science of People Team

    • Flora

      Look at her neck. When people are scared, they draw in a breath that pulls their skin causing some bones and muscles to be exposed.

    • Daniel

      Look at the lines on the neck. That’s how you know it is fear

    • Miko

      and there is no white below the iris

  • el vee

    q9. D is a horrible pose. Maybe because he is hiding in his oversized suit. The child looks the most confident, he is angry and determined.

  • Lisa

    I just took the test two times. I am on safari. Guess I need to go to chrome to take it again in order to get my results!

    • Danielle McRae

      Sorry about that! We’ll look into it! -Danielle and the Science of People Team

  • Pete

    Does not work on an iPad, shame it was not optimised for all OS’s

  • Tiago Martins

    Loved this Quiz, learned so much! :)

    • Danielle McRae

      Thanks for taking it! -Danielle and the Science of People Team

  • Dave

    The quiz does not work right at all in Chrome.

    • Danielle McRae

      Hi Dave, sorry to hear you’re having issues with the quiz. Perhaps try another browser? We’re looking into the issue! -Danielle and the Science of People Team

  • K.Dinesh Kumara

    Dear All,

    Vanessa’s works are very good and it’s very simple to understand for any one,
    whether there are fluent in English or not, I think that she use the universal
    language of human (Body Language) to teach us. So if she uses that universal
    language, she is telling true, because whether you believe or not it’s very
    hard to fake our sub-conscious behaviors. Everyone in this field can’t teach
    what their had learn, but Vanessa’s gifted or earned both teaching and learning
    skill with her beautiful personality, I’m Sri Lankan and I’m Buddhist, I
    believed that her works can help you all to success your life with positive and
    wealthy way.

    Thank you with best regards!
    K. Dinesh Kumara
    Educator at SOS Children’s Villages

    • Danielle McRae

      Hi K., thank you for your comment. That’s the beauty of this subject- across gender and culture, much of our body language is the same. We’re so glad to hear that the techniques have helped you! -Danielle and the Science of People Team

  • Yatin

    Works on Chrome and got 100% correct… Yeah ;)

    • Danielle McRae

      Awesome job, Yatin! Thanks for taking it. -Danielle and the Science of People Team

  • Adam

    I did not get a score on the quiz. What’s up?

    • Danielle McRae

      Hi, Adam. Sorry to hear you did not receive a score. Some people are having issues with the quiz based on the browser used. Perhaps try another browser to see your score? -Danielle and the Science of People Team

  • Enka Perinaj

    100% Am interested in Research Intern with Science of People – where can I get more deets about that?:) many thanks Enka

  • Paola M

    100 % ^^ Im a little more better than I thought

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  • Philip

    100% with no training whatsoever.

    • Danielle McRae

      Nice job, Philip! – Danielle and the Science of People Team

  • John

    I got only question 8 not correct, but I would say this is a fake smile, because the eyes aren’t smiling and common this is a picture. Maybe the photographer is a nice person and he makes Vanessa very happy..

    Thank your for your great hints!! This is very valuable for everyone!

  • Ghaziya

    I should be studying for my business test tomorrow but body language is just so interesting!

  • firefly

    One of the questions doesn’t make sense. It says: what would make you feel more confident. So I clicked on the woman with the crossed arms, because, for me, regardless of how others interpret it, that stance makes me feel most confident. Then it got marked wrong and they said the guy. But standing open like that… It makes me feel very vulnerable and most definitely NOT confident. So there is no right or wrong answer to that question at all… so how can the mark it as such?

  • zklee

    Oops, got an 100% on my first try.
    Nice job!

  • John

    Its a very good website to practice , i like doing these types of quiz to keep my mind occupaded.
    Keep the good work everyone.

  • Lana

    100% … Sweet !

    • Danielle McRae

      Awesome job, Lana!

      -Danielle & The Science of People Team

  • Sonny

    100% yea!

  • Anja

    I love this :D Thank you Science of people team. Much love!

  • Édgar

    I can not finish the test and the system doesnt permit finishing it

  • Gabriel

    some of this is super opinionated. you asked me which pose would make me feel more confidant it was definitely the child doing the alfa pose, exploding with energy, and claiming what is the childs. that will definitely make me feel more confidant. as a matter a fact i do that very thing in order to increase my confidence before going to party’s or speaking publicly. also i personally always look into peoples eyes when i greet them. i look at there hands before the greeting.

  • siva babloo

    got 40%:-(

    • Danielle McRae

      Hi siva! That’s okay! The quiz is just to see where you stand now. With more practice and familiarity with the subject matter, you’ll get there! :)

      -Danielle & The Science of People Team

  • Chris

    Weird that personal questions could be answered wrong. Q12. I look at eyes at first and Q9. Answer A gives me for sure the most confident! The kid is pure and this scream of YES works for me much more.

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