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Department
Sociology
Course
Sociology 2233
Professor
Brendan Murphy
Semester
Fall

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Nonverbal Communication - Most important form of language - It is cross-cultural A. Defining Non-Verbal Communication Defining Non-Verbal Communication (body language) 1. Encoding and decoding a. Non verbal = clearing throat, uh, like, eh, Volume b. Capable of expressing 2000 facial expressions c. Encoding/decoding requires sender/receiver 2. Display rules a. Rules which are culturally bound and deal with the way we display emotion in our culture (e.g. men not showing vulnerability, Asian women covering their mouths when they laugh) 3. Emblems (gestures) in cultural variation a. Changing vocabulary of gestures with signified meanings (e.g. waving, peace sign, middle finger etc) Abilities of non-verbal communication 1. It can intensify a verbal message a. Identical sentences with different meanings (e.g. a calm, polite “please come here” vs an angry, loud “please come here!” emphasis on differen
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