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Body language expert says Tiger Woods was sincere

Published 20/02/2010 | 00:24

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
Reporters listen as Golfer Tiger Woods makes a statement
Reporters listen as Tiger Woods makes a statement from the Sunset Room on the second floor of the TPC Sawgrass
The radio show MJ Morning show personalities Victory Martin (L) and Meredith Walusek stand near one of the entrances to where golfer Tiger Woods plans on making a statement at TPC Sawgrass on February 19, 2010 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
Tiger Woods (R) jogs with an unidentified friend near his home on February 17, 2010 in Orlando, Florida
Former adult film actress Veronica Siwik-Daniels (aka Joslyn James)
Former adult film actress Veronica Siwik-Daniels, right, (aka Joslyn James)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 3: Former adult film actress Veronica Siwik-Daniels (aka Joslyn James), who claims to have had a long-term intimate relationship with golf icon Tiger Woods, appears at a press conference at the offices of attorney Gloria Allred on February 3, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Allred and Siwik-Daniels are calling for the end of the production of golf balls bearing an image of Siwik in the product series, "Tail of the Tiger - The Mistress Collection". Allred argues that putting the face of a woman on a ball which golfers hit with full force could result in marks on the image that might resemble bruises and may lead to inappropriate jokes about hitting women. James says that she loved Woods and had reason to believe that he loved her. She has been in seclusion and has not talked to the press until now. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Veronica Siwik-Daniels
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 3: Attorney Gloria Allred uses a golf golf cut-out to simulate how a club hitting a ball with the face of a woman could leave marks that look like bruises during a press conference with former adult film actress Veronica Siwik-Daniels (aka Joslyn James), who claims to have had a long-term intimate relationship with golf icon Tiger Woods, at the offices of Allred on February 3, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Allred and Siwik-Daniels are calling for the end of the production of golf balls bearing an image of Siwik in the product series, "Tail of the Tiger - The Mistress Collection". Allred argues that putting the face of a woman on a ball which golfers hit with full force could result in marks on the image that might resemble bruises and may lead to inappropriate jokes about hitting women. James says that she loved Woods and had reason to believe that he loved her. She has been in seclusion and has not talked to the press until now. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 3: Attorney Gloria Allred uses a golf golf cut-out to simulate how a club hitting a ball with the face of a woman could leave marks that look like bruises during a press conference with former adult film actress Veronica Siwik-Daniels (aka Joslyn James), who claims to have had a long-term intimate relationship with golf icon Tiger Woods, at the offices of Allred on February 3, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Allred and Siwik-Daniels are calling for the end of the production of golf balls bearing an image of Siwik in the product series, "Tail of the Tiger - The Mistress Collection". Allred argues that putting the face of a woman on a ball which golfers hit with full force could result in marks on the image that might resemble bruises and may lead to inappropriate jokes about hitting women. James says that she loved Woods and had reason to believe that he loved her. She has been in seclusion and has not talked to the press until now. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 3: Attorney Gloria Allred (R) leads former adult film actress Veronica Siwik-Daniels (aka Joslyn James), who claims to have had a long-term intimate relationship with golf icon Tiger Woods, near a picture of a golf ball bearing the face of a woman as the leave a press conference at the offices of Allred on February 3, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Allred and Siwik-Daniels are calling for the end of the production of golf balls bearing an image of Siwik in the product series, "Tail of the Tiger - The Mistress Collection". Allred argues that putting the face of a woman on a ball which golfers hit with full force could result in marks on the image that might resemble bruises and may lead to inappropriate jokes about hitting women. James says that she loved Woods and had reason to believe that he loved her. She has been in seclusion and has not talked to the press until now. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 3: Attorney Gloria Allred uses a golf golf cut-out to simulate how a club hitting a ball with the face of a woman could leave marks that look like bruises during a press conference with former adult film actress Veronica Siwik-Daniels (aka Joslyn James), who claims to have had a long-term intimate relationship with golf icon Tiger Woods, at the offices of Allred on February 3, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Allred and Siwik-Daniels are calling for the end of the production of golf balls bearing an image of Siwik in the product series, "Tail of the Tiger - The Mistress Collection". Allred argues that putting the face of a woman on a ball which golfers hit with full force could result in marks on the image that might resemble bruises and may lead to inappropriate jokes about hitting women. James says that she loved Woods and had reason to believe that he loved her. She has been in seclusion and has not talked to the press until now. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 3: Former adult film actress Veronica Siwik-Daniels (aka Joslyn James), who claims to have had a long-term intimate relationship with golf icon Tiger Woods, takes her seat near an drawing of a golf ball with her face on it at a press conference at the offices of attorney Gloria Allred on February 3, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Allred and Siwik-Daniels are calling for the end of the production of golf balls bearing an image of Siwik in the product series, "Tail of the Tiger - The Mistress Collection". Allred argues that putting the face of a woman on a ball which golfers hit with full force could result in marks on the image that might resemble bruises and may lead to inappropriate jokes about hitting women. James says that she loved Woods and had reason to believe that he loved her. She has been in seclusion and has not talked to the press until now. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods with Elin Nordegren
Tiger Woods and his wife Elin
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods celebrates with wife Elin Nordegren after winning the 88th PGA Championship golf tournament
Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren
United States Ryder Cup team player Tiger Woods and his wife Elin leave at the end of the opening ceremony for the 2006 Ryder Cup
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
Three of the women whose names have been associated with Tiger Woods in recent weeks - Kalika Moquin (left), Rachel Uchitel (centre) and 24-year-old cocktail waitress Jaimee Grubbs
Holly Sampson was linked with Tiger Woods
Holly Sampson linked with Tiger Wood
Tiger Woods' wife, Elin Nordegren, rides next to Woods after winning the US Open championship at Torrey Pines Golf Course
Tiger Woods
Rachel Uchitel

There was nothing in Tiger Woods' body language to indicate he was lying when the golfer apologised for his adultery, a body language expert said.

“I thought it was a very genuine, humbled man that stood before those cameras and that group of people, and I think he told the truth,” said Robert Phipps, who has analysed the body language of many famous people for different TV programmes.

He added: “There was nothing in his body language that would indicate he was lying — there were no lying signals. His body language was consistent with what he was saying.”

Mr Phipps said there tended to be a sequence of movements which could indicate that someone was lying.

“These can be the blinking rate increasing, the hand coming to the face, or to the side of the neck, and he didn't do any of those things.

“His breathing rate wasn't particularly rapid, and he wasn't licking his lips — we do that when we are lying, because we want to stop the lies coming out.

“Also he looked straight at people when he was talking to them, holding the look, not glancing away.

“His voice faltered at different times, but was stronger when he was attacking the media. If an actor is learning how to do that, they find that difficult to do.

“It is very unlikely he could have been trained to behave in the way that we saw — most body language is unconsciously controlled.”

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