Nonverbal Communication

Posted: 18 Jan 2019

See all articles by Judith A. Hall

Judith A. Hall

Northeastern University - Department of Psychology

Terrence G. Horgan

University of Michigan at Flint - Department of Psychology

Nora A. Murphy

Loyola Marymount University - Department of Psychology

Date Written: January 2019

Abstract

The field of nonverbal communication (NVC) has a long history involving many cue modalities, including face, voice, body, touch, and interpersonal space; different levels of analysis, including normative, group, and individual differences; and many substantive themes that cross from psychology into other disciplines. In this review, we focus on NVC as it pertains to individuals and social interaction. We concentrate specifically on ( a) the meanings and correlates of cues that are enacted (sent) by encoders and ( b) the perception of nonverbal cues and the accuracy of such perception. Frameworks are presented for conceptualizing and understanding the process of sending and receiving nonverbal cues. Measurement issues are discussed, and theoretical issues and new developments are covered briefly. Although our review is primarily oriented within social and personality psychology, the interdisciplinary nature of NVC is evident in the growing body of research on NVC across many areas of scientific inquiry.

Suggested Citation

Hall, Judith A. and Horgan, Terrence G. and Murphy, Nora A., Nonverbal Communication (January 2019). Annual Review of Psychology, Vol. 70, pp. 271-294, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3318209 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-psych-010418-103145

Judith A. Hall (Contact Author)

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Terrence G. Horgan

University of Michigan at Flint - Department of Psychology ( email )

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Nora A. Murphy

Loyola Marymount University - Department of Psychology ( email )

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Los Angeles, 90045
United States

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