This Handbook provides an up-to-date discussion of the central issues in nonverbal communication and examines the research that informs these issues. Editors Valerie Manusov and Miles Patterson bring together preeminent scholars, from a range of disciplines, to reveal the strength of nonverbal behavior as an integral part of communication.

An Historical Overview of Nonverbal Research

An historical overview of nonverbal research

One faces the future with one's past.

Pearl S.Buck

Long before there were written records, painters, pottery makers, sculptors, dancers, philosophers, leaders, and others, whose work necessitated an understanding of how and why human beings use (or should use) their bodies and with what effect, “researched” nonverbal communication. Walking styles, gestures, forms of handshaking, and other nonverbal behavior practiced centuries ago can be pieced together by examining a variety of written documents, including diaries, plays, histories, folklore, legal codes, and traveler's accounts (Bremmer & Roodenburg, 1991). In this chapter, I focus only on those written works or scholarly movements that have had widespread influence and/or key issues associated with nonverbal studies that serve as important links ...

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