from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Chinese system of prescribed physical exercises or movements performed in a meditative state.


Chinese (Mandarin) qìgōng : , air, breath + gōng, skill.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Jens Foerster, a German psychologist, has assumed the role of experimental Qi Gong master by conducting some fascinating research on how people infer their attitudes from their nonverbal behavior.4 Here is a typical Foerster experiment: People are asked to move their heads up and down for some spurious reason or to move their heads left and right while they watch some stimuli.

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  • The Chinese theory of Qi Gong holds that certain motor actions produce mental states and experiences.

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