Jennifer’s Human Ethology Assignment

Innisfree Irish Pub

1925 University blvd

Tuscaloosa, AL, 35401

February 9, 2013. 10:45 PM

Mostly dark.Sorority and Fraternity hangout. The noise is extremely loud between the music and talking.


While observing a young man at a local bar and grill I was able to realize his emotions without actually talking to him. He spent much of his time smiling and laughing while conversing with others. He likes physically touching the people he is in conversation with, whether it be hugging or patting. He constantly held a drink in his right hand.

He used the Attention Getting stage: He smiled when he would look around the room for either people he knew or were interested in meeting. He rubbed his hands through his hair about every minute.

He used Recognition: He gazed at certain girls while he talked to them. He usually never broke eye contact with them unless someone came up to him. He would lean towards girls.

He talked to a variety of people, mostly friends as far as I could tell. He whispered in girls ears.

He definitely used touch to his advantage. He hugged girls and patted guys on the back. He also shook hands with other guys.

Total body synchrony: I didn’t really notice him aligning his body up with anyone, 15 minutes was probably too short.

Attention getting was used first, then talking and recognition together, then touch. But touch was used first sometimes when he knew the person to get their attention.

I will definitely not observe someone again unless I’m on higher ground looking down on them. The constant “awkward turtle” look I received was embarrassing.


I watched a different group with every 15 minute scan and realized not much is different from the focal watching. Girls were playing with their hair. Girls scream when they see someone they really like. One couple was fighting while others stared at them. Girls like straws in their drinks, boys throw them on the floor or bend them out of the way.

Attention Getting Stage: a group of boys were looking around for girls (I would think but could be wrong). Both girls and boys were smiling. Girls were brushing their hair while searching or talking.

Recognition: This was harder to notice while watching a group of people. There was eye contact.

Talking was a major impact on groups/couples. Lack of talking and turning their back on someone explained how they felt about a person.

Touch was used by the couple fighting, he was trying to calm her down by stroking her arms up and down. Hugging was an immediate impact for conversation.

Total Body Synchrony: The couple fighting was facing each other. Many that were in a group did not synchronize.

This scan was not as awkward to watch as the Focal.

Author: Johnna Dominguez

Johnna Dominguez earned her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Cultural Studies and Body Politics from the University of Alabama's New College in May 2011. In her senior thesis, Johnna explored the embodiment of identity through sexuality and sports by observing and studying Alabama football fans and participants in the local burlesque troupe, the Pink Box Burlesque. In her Master's thesis, she is investigating the psychological and physical stresses associated with southern women who get tattoos. After completing her Master's in Anthropology, she hopes to return to school for a Master's in Public Health.

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