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2nd Edition

Nonverbal Communication

ISBN 9780367557386
Published September 7, 2021 by Routledge
570 Pages 177 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The newly revised edition of this groundbreaking textbook provides a comprehensive overview of the theory, research, and applications of nonverbal communication.

Authored by three of the foremost scholars in the field and drawing on multidisciplinary research from communication studies, psychology, linguistics, and family studies, Nonverbal Communication speaks to today’s students with modern examples that illustrate nonverbal communication in their lived experiences. It emphasizes nonverbal codes as well as the functions they perform to help students see how nonverbal cues work with one another and with the verbal system through which we create and understand messages and shows how consequential nonverbal means of communicating are in people’s lives. Chapters cover the social and biological foundations of nonverbal communication as well as the expression of emotions, interpersonal conversation, deception, power, and influence. This edition includes new content on “Influencing Others,” as well as a revised chapter on “Displaying Identities, Managing Images, and Forming Impressions” that combines identity, impression management, and person perception.

Nonverbal Communication serves as a core textbook for undergraduate and graduate courses in communication and psychology.

Online resources for instructors, including an extensive instructor’s manual with sample exercises and a test bank, are available at

Table of Contents

Part 1: Foundations  1. Introduction and Overview  2. Bio-evolutionary Influences on Nonverbal Communication  3. Sociocultural Influences on Nonverbal Communication  4. The Visual and Auditory Codes: Kinesics and Vocalics  5. The Contact Codes: Haptics and Proxemics  6. The Body as a Code: Appearance and Adornment  7. The Place and Time Codes: Environment, Artifacts, and Chronemics  Part 2: Functions  8. Displaying Identities, Managing Images, and Forming Impressions  9. Expressing Emotions 10. Relational Messages: Developing and Expressing Closeness  11. Relational Messages: Power, Dominance, and Status  12. Coordinating Interaction  13. Influencing Others  14. Deceiving and Detecting Deception

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Judee K. Burgoon is Professor of Communication, Family Studies and Human Resources and Director of Research at the Center for the Management of Information at the University of Arizona. She has authored or edited over 300 articles, chapters, and books on nonverbal and interpersonal communication and deception.

Valerie Manusov is Professor of Communication at the University of Washington. She is the editor of The Sourcebook of Nonverbal Measures: Going beyond Words and the co-editor of The SAGE Handbook of Nonverbal Communication.

Laura K. Guerrero is Professor of Communication at Arizona State University. Her book credits include Close Encounters: Communication in Relationships, The Nonverbal Communication Reader, and Nonverbal Communication in Close Relationships.