Tuvok sometimes fidgets with his hands when explaining himself. As far as I recall, Vulcans don't fidget, I suppose it would look like emotional conflict.

Maybe it's some kind of routine to keep one's thoughts focused, but it really looks like normal, random fidgeting. I'm surprised he doesn't avoid it.

Edit: Fidgeting two episodes before "Meld", at 14:17, fidgeting with a Kal-Toh board, at 37:50

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    Everyone is different. Also, we know that Tuvok has a degenerative neurological condition from "Endgame", so maybe that is the cause.
    – Xantec
    Mar 19, 2017 at 22:54
  • Everyone is different, but this is so unVulcan it would be like humans picking their nose in public. Tuvok's condition is the most likely explanation. He did get palliative treatment for it, but there was no cure in the Delta quadrant.
    – ASalazar
    Mar 19, 2017 at 23:01
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    Some humans do pick their nose in public. Mar 20, 2017 at 15:05
  • And surrounding people don't think too high of them.
    – ASalazar
    Mar 20, 2017 at 18:33
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    He's pinching his hands in a fit of energy. They call it the Vulcan Nervous Pinch
    – Machavity
    Mar 21, 2017 at 0:43

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As has been mentioned in the comments, this could easily be explained as an early indicator of Tuvok's neurodegenerative disease. One could also blame side effects of the memory virus from "Flashback." There is also the fact that Tuvok's studies of various Alpha Quadrant martial arts, archery, and Starfleet combat experience give him different tendencies than the more science and diplomacy focused Vulcans we've seen throughout the show.

Regardless, the most likely cause is that Tim Russ fidgets. Though the other two actors playing Tuvok over the years have had small parts, neither LeRoy D. Brazile nor Demetris Lawson showed a single sign of fidgeting.

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