CMST 1A03 Lecture Notes - Paralanguage, Kinesics, Physical Attractiveness
Course CodeCMST 1A03
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CMST 1a03: Introduction to Communication
Alex Sévigny, PhD, APR, MCIPR (Winter Term, 2013)
UHC – Chapter 5: “Nonverbal Communication”
What is nonverbal communication?
- Everything outside of language
- Don’t necessarily control or plan your non-verbal
- Involuntary fall into a comfortable seating position
Characteristics of nonverbal communication.
Nonverbal communication exists
Nonverbal behavior has communicative value.
Nonverbal communication is primarily relational
o Converge on other people’s behaviour and attitudes
o Sympathetic conversions
Nonverbal communication is ambiguous
o Have to calculate how people are responding to you
Much nonverbal communication is culture-bound
Differences between verbal and nonverbal communication
One dimension (words only)
Multiple dimensions (voice,
posture, gestures, distance, etc.)
Intermittent (speaking and
Continuous (impossible to avoid
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