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.

Nonverbal Communication: Basic Issues and Future Prospects

Nonverbal communication: Basic issues and future prospects

The chapters in this Handbook reflect the breadth and vitality of research on nonverbal communication. Looking across these chapters, we see a range of sophisticated arguments regarding the communicative potential of nonverbal behavior. Because the authors have done a commendable job representing the field, it is neither our intention in this chapter, nor do we feel it desirable, to attempt a general commentary on the chapters in this volume. Rather, we focus attention on a select set of issues important for understanding the field today and for anticipating its future direction. To appreciate where we are and where we may be headed, however, it is useful to consider from whence we came. ...

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