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Why do humans shake their heads to say no and nod their head to say yes?

>> No.12746513

ITT OP has aspergers and tries to understand basic social cues

>> No.12746562

Same reason autists like you are making these shitty threads; it's a previously established form of communication in certain cultures.

>> No.12746569

When people didn't want something (like rape) they'd flail around and be chaotic. Shaking left to right is wider space used to signal no, while nodding is more reciprocative, ala no visual space of struggle, or at least not as much as shaking your head no.

>> No.12746585

It takes less energy to move horizontal then vertical. Dealing with the average shitty human requires alot of headshaking.

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>> No.12746608

when you nod, you look to the ground, and therefore you show submission
shaking head is similar to turning your back when attempting to run from predator

>> No.12746610

>Charles Darwin believes that this has to do with our primitive instincts and our nursing habits. When babies seek food they tend to lean their head forward in search of their mother’s breast. However, when they are not hungry, they shake their head from shoulder to shoulder trying to avoid the breast. This instinct continues into our life and that’s why we nod for yes and shake our heads for no.
>We need to clarify here that, even though this explanation makes sense, it’s nothing more than a theory. Yet, it’s a theory that most scientists seem to agree and it’s even backed up by the fact that people who are born deaf and/or blind will use the same gesture.

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here is your answer

>> No.12746634


>> No.12746783

the gnose says aye, i know, i agree
side to side makes you bigger / take up more space and seems to do with the eyes

>> No.12746843
Quoted By: >>12746881

Not always, Indians do that weird shake thing with their head that looks like no when they mean yes.

>> No.12746881
Quoted By: >>12746890

The indians wobble. It's not the same at all as the shaking op means

>> No.12746890
Quoted By: >>12746894

I was implying that it's cultural.

>> No.12746894
Quoted By: >>12746901

Then use a relevant example to back your claim

>> No.12746900

because that's what became a consensus.

it was different in many cultures, but either the habit, or the culture itself is being eroded away

>> No.12746901
Quoted By: >>12746909

I did, the indians and their wobble as you call it.

>> No.12746909
Quoted By: >>12746931

Yhe wobbling does not mean no or yes. It is a way of smiling and showing that you are friendly.

>> No.12746931
Quoted By: >>12746957

I was always told it meant yes, or agreeing with something.

>> No.12746957

I just looked it up and it seems we're both right


>> No.12747409

my mother's culture involves tilting the head up to say no (similar to what one would do while saying "what up nigga")

>> No.12747645

in some cultures it's the other way around

>> No.12748979

Me and most people I know shake heads for 'yes'.

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