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Heather M. Gray & Nalini Ambady

In: The SAGE Handbook of Nonverbal Communication

Chapter 3: Methods for the Study of Nonverbal Communication

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Methods for the Study of Nonverbal Communication
Methods for the study of nonverbal communication

A glance at the chapters in this volume reveals the wide range of questions researchers are asking about nonverbal communication. Whereas many are interested in how the nonverbal communication system has been shaped by biological, evolutionary, and cultural forces, others focus on the influence of the modern environment. Whereas some are curious about the social consequences of nonverbal displays, others attempt to catalog the constructs conveyed through facial expressions, bodily movements, vocal cues, and other ways of communicating without words. We can begin to understand these issues thanks in part to methods that capitalize on the widespread availability of visual and auditory media. The purpose of this chapter is to provide a ...

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