The head bobble, head wobble, or Indian head shake refers to a common gesture found in South Asian cultures, most notably in India. The motion usually consists of a side-to-side tilting of the head in arcs along the coronal plane. A form of nonverbal communication, it may mean "Yes", "Good", "OK" or "I understand", depending on the context.
In India the gesture is common in the southern parts, but may not be used consistently all around the country.
In India, this particular headshake can also be acknowledgement or encouragement. In the Western world, people often use a nod for the same purpose. It is not always associated with yes or no, and is actually used in place of no when the person doesn't want to say no.
In Bulgaria, this is the equivalent of a nod meaning yes, whereas a quick nod up means no.
See also 
- ^ Kavita Pillay (30 Jan 2006), How to Tilt Your Head Like an Indian, World Hum
- ^ Seth Stevenson (27 Sept 2004), "Actually Liking Stuff", Trying Really Hard To Like India, Slate
- ^ Craig Storti (2007), "The Indian "Yes" Head Gesture", Speaking of India: Bridging the communication gap when working with Indians, Intercultural Press
- ^ Chad Lewis (2008), Successful Communication in Multicultural Environments, Intercultural Focus
- ^ Charul Jain and Madhurita Choudhary (Jan 2011), "Actions speak louder than words: Non-verbal mis/communication", Journal of Media and Communication Studies
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