Beyond Words

Movement Observation and Analysis, 2nd Edition

By Carol-Lynne Moore, Kaoru Yamamoto

Routledge – 2012 – 244 pages

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Beyond Words presents a range of illuminating approaches to examining every day social interactions, to help the reader understand human movement in new ways.

Carol-Lynne Moore and Kaoru Yamamoto build on the principles that they expertly explored in the first edition of the book, maintaining a focus on the processes of movement as opposed to discussions of static body language. The authors combine textual discussion with a new set of website-hosted video instructions to ensure that readers develop an in-depth understanding of nonverbal communication, as well as the work of its most influential analyst, Rudolf Laban.

This fully-revised, extensively illustrated second edition includes a new introduction by the authors. It presents a fascinating insight into this vital field of study, and will be an invaluable resource for scholars and practitioners in many activities, from performing and martial arts, athletics, to therapeutic and spiritual practices, conflict resolution, business interactions, and intercultural relations.


'A clearly presented and richly referenced synthesis of theories from anthropology, psychology, and neuropsychology supports their approach to movement analysis. This analysis also considers biological, socio-cultural, individual, and situational influences on human action… [includes] thought-provoking theoretical discussions, challenging exercises, and an introductory training in movement observation.' - Carlotta J. Willis, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA


Human Perception. Process and Structure: Observation in Practice. Perception of Movement. Enhancing Movement Awareness. Body Knowledge/Body Prejudice. Deciphering Human Movements. Functions of Movement in Human Life. Movement as Metaphor. Movements in Context. Basic Parameters of Movement . As Experts See It. Challenges and Horizons. Process and Structure: Observation in Practice

Author Bio

Carol-Lynne Moore has lectured extensively in the U.S. and Europe on Laban theory, including Movement Pattern Analysis, an assessment of executive decision-making style developed from industrial and managerial movement studies. Her most recent publication is The Harmonic Structure of Movement, Music and Dance According to Rudolf Laban (Mellen Press, 2009). She is a founding member and current President of Motus Humanus, a professional organization for movement specialists in the U.S. She currently teaches at Columbia College, Chicago.

Kaoru Yamamoto is Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, having taught extensively in the U.S., Canada, Iceland, and China. He has edited scholarly journals on psychology and education, and published widely in both areas, including ten full-length works on human development, creativity, and cultural evolution.


Welcome to the companion website for Beyond Words (Second Edition).

The materials hosted on this website are drawn from the two resources that accompanied the previous edition of the book, the Instructor's Guidebook and the DVD supplement to Beyond Words.

The guidebook is designed to facilitate the use of Beyond Words materials. By drawing on their own teaching experiences, the authors offer suggestions for attaining teaching-learning goals, and for overcoming difficulties in using the movement observation and analysis program. Many of the creative adaptations described come from individuals at different institutions who tested Beyond Words while it was being developed. It is not intended, therefore, as a prescriptive document, but rather as a guide which provides many alternative ways of utilizing Beyond Words, and which leaves the rest to the instructor. The guidebook now appears on the site, broken down into chapters and as printable PDF files.

The video materials build on four key areas of the book:

  • Enhancing Movement Awareness
  • Deciphering Human Movements
  • Movements in Context
  • Basic Parameters of Movement

These materials are intended to supplement Chapters 3, 5, 8, and 9 of the book, presenting illustrative exercises and interactive examples, and can be use for private study or in the classroom. All the videos can be streamed online on the companion website.