Understanding Nonverbal Communication

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19 minutes, 39 seconds

In this highly interactive course, we examine the cultural complexities of nonverbal communication. We define the purposes of nonverbal communication in social settings and the ways in which it can be misunderstood in intercultural contexts. We then discuss the significance of paralinguistics in nonverbal communication. Gestures, facial expressions, head movement, and eye contact are explored as modes of nonverbal communication that convey specific social messages. Next, cultural differences in personal space, posture, physical contact, physical appearance and displaying emotion are reviewed to further develop an understanding of the subtle dynamics of nonverbal communication.

Course Agenda:

1. Purposes of nonverbal communication
2. Paralinguistics
3. Gestures, facial expressions, head movement and eye contact
4. Personal space, posture, physical contact, physical appearance and displaying emotion