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.

Factoring in Age: Nonverbal Communication Across the Life Span

Factoring in age: Nonverbal communication across the life span

Nonverbal behaviors comprise a fundamental component of human communication and represent the nature of communication in its earliest form. To use these behaviors in everyday social activities necessitates developing the ability to identify nonverbal expressions accurately and the capacity to respond nonverbally in an appropriate fashion (see Riggio, this volume). These skills not only serve a variety of communicative goals and functions but are also vitally important to the expression of emotions (see Fridlund & Russell, this volume; Matsumoto, this volume). Beginning as early as infancy and continuing into late adulthood, the ability to distinguish, interpret, and express nonverbal behaviors plays an essential role in the successful navigation ...

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