Attendez! Por ejemplo!! Place the fingers of your right hand
extended. Distend the thumb of your right hand until it touches your nose. The
little finger of your right hand is stretched venomously towards the world. You
say nothing but you think much, and that is that. The gesture is made; and an
ugly world is scoffed. --John D. Williams (1926:8; see
below, The Shanghai gesture)
Neuro term. 1. A nonverbal sign sent, as opposed to one received (see AFFERENT CUE). 2. An outgoing sign produced, e.g., by a body movement, clothing cue, consumer product, glandular secretion (e.g., apocrine odor, sweaty palms, tears), hair style, nonverbal vocalization (e.g., cry, laugh, whine), posture, recipe (e.g., Big Mac, Coca-Cola, shrimp cocktail), or speech error.
Usage: Conceptually, efferent and afferent reflect the two sides of every nonverbal sign: (1) egress (as an out-bound cue to be produced) and (2) ingress (as an in-bound cue to be processed).
The Shanghai gesture. "The gesture [see epigraph above] is useful. It
is comforting. It does something for you and to you, because the world cannot
answer--in kind--if you make the gesture first" (Williams
Neuro-note: Efferent cues reflect a. inner thoughts (produced, e.g., in tandem with the speech areas), and b. inner workings of the nonverbal brain.
See also CUE, INFORMATION, MESSAGING FEATURE.YouTube Video: See how many nonverbal signs, signals, and cues you can see in "The Shanghai Gesture," an elegant 1941 motion picture.
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