This book is intended to accomplish several goals. First, it is designed to provide a broad overview of the major areas of application of theory and research relating to nonverbal behavior. Second, individual chapters emphasize how the applications have been drawn from underlying theories and empirical bases, thereby making the link between theory, research, and applications apparent. Finally, the volume links individual chapter contributions, demonstrating how theoretical progress over the last few decades has led to important applied advances.
The contributors to this book consider a wide variety of settings and topics. Their common thread, however, is a shared conviction that an understanding of nonverbal behavior can bring about an improvement in the human condition. Each of the authors has made suggestions regarding future directions for both research and practice -- and their ideas offer real promise.
"…everyone who reads it will gain an increased appreciation of the vital role that nonverbal behavior plays in human communication--and how greatly disadvantaged are those individuals who are not skilled in its use."
"…this collection is both interesting and thought-provoking….recommended for technical communicators, both practitioners and academics, who want to know more about nonverbal communication."
Contents: Preface. Part I: Social Relationships. R.E. Riggio, Social Interaction Skills and Nonverbal Behavior. P. Noller, Nonverbal Communication in Marriage. Part II: Business and the Law. P.J. DePaulo, Applications of Nonverbal Behavior Research in Marketing and Management. P.D. Blanck, R. Rosenthal, Nonverbal Behavior in the Courtroom. Part III: Health. D.B. Buller, R.L. Street, Jr., Physician-Patient Relationships. L. Tickle-Degnen, R. Rosenthal, Nonverbal Aspects of Therapeutic Rapport. Part IV: Education. E. Babad, Teacher Expectancies and Nonverbal Behavior. P. Philippot, R.S. Feldman, G. McGee, Nonverbal Behavioral Skills in an Educational Context: Typical and Atypical Populations. Part V: Society and Culture. G.R. Miller, J.B. Stiff, Applied Issues in Studying Deceptive Communication. M.E. Lee, D. Matsumoto, M. Kobayashi, D. Krupp, E.F. Maniatis, W. Roberts, Cultural Influences on Nonverbal Behavior in Applied Settings.