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Nonverbal Communication

Nonverbal Communication
Science and Applications

Edited by:
  • David Matsumoto - San Francisco State University, USA
  • Mark G. Frank - University at Buffalo, State University of New York, University at Buffalo, USA
  • Hyi Sung Hwang - San Francisco State University and Humintell, LLC, USA

April 2012 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Leading Scholars Blend Cutting-Edge Science with Practical Experience to Reveal Evidence-Based Best Practices

Edited by three leading authorities on nonverbal behavior, this book examines state-of-the-art research and knowledge regarding nonverbal behavior and applies that scientific knowledge to a broad range of fields. The editors present a true scientist–practitioner model, blending cutting-edge behavioral science with real-world practical experience, thus making this text the first of its kind to merge theoretical and practical worlds. This book is a valuable resource for students and professionals as it explores the science behind the practice and reveals how other professionals have effectively incorporated nonverbal communication into their fields.

This book serves as an excellent text or supplement for courses/seminars in nonverbal behavior, nonverbal communication, human interaction, profiling, security management, and homeland security, as well as courses in interviewing and qualitative analysis.

Part I: The Science of Nonverbal Behavior
Chapter 1 - Reading People: Introduction to the World of Nonverbal Behavior
Chapter 2 - Facial Expressions
Chapter 3 - The Voice
Chapter 4 - Body and Gestures
Chapter 5 - Cultural Influences on Nonverbal Behavior
Chapter 6 - Deception
Part II: Applying the Science of Nonverbal Behavior
Chapter 7 - Aviation Security and Nonverbal Behavior
Chapter 8 - A Cop's Nonverbal Journey: From Gut to Mind
Chapter 9 - Anomalies and Nonverbal Behavior
Chapter 10 - Understanding Body Language and the Polygraph
Chapter 11 - Nonverbal Behavior in the Courtroom
Chapter 12 - Persuasion, Negotiation, and the Law
Chapter 13 - Negotiation and Nonverbal Communication
Chapter 14 - Interpersonal Skills and Nonverbal Communication
Chapter 15 - Nonverbal Communication in Consumer Research
Chapter 16 - Nonverbal Communication in Medical Practice
Chapter 17 - Nonverbal Behavior and Psychiatric Observation
Chapter 18 - Synthesis and Conclusion

This book was bought by our library. It is now on the recommend reading of the students.

The book is well written and informative.

Dr Tracey Platt
Department of Psychology, University of Zurich
April 28, 2015

Well written and presented book
Areas covered include importance of facial expressions , body language and gestures and how non verbal communication affects behaviours

Mr Vernon Ambris
Health and Social Care , East Berkshire College
February 10, 2015

A fantastic book for anyone working in face to face situations with others. Allowing you to read body language and divert situations that may arise. Giving examples of body language and tonalities that could be construed as offensive, it gives insight to how people intergrade with each other in an unconscious manner.

Miss Sam Ford
Health and Social Care, South Essex College
October 3, 2014

Lovely book! Really well written, very interesting and full of useful theories.

Mrs Annie Ostapenko-Denton
Community Studies, Truro College
September 6, 2013

A detailed text on nonverbal communication, and is written in a way that is easy for students to master the concepts>

Mr Severino Mavhiki
Business Administration , Midlands State University
August 31, 2013

An interesting book that will provide some useful knowledge for students.

Mrs Karen James
Care, Coleg Sir Gar
December 5, 2012

Good background reading - clear and succinct.

Professor Paul Hackett
Marketing Communication Dept, Emerson College
October 13, 2012

Very interesting book, still lacks some ethnometodological views I find important.

Mr Mikko Saastamoinen
Social Science , University of Eastern Finland
July 31, 2012

An interesting read from a teacher trainer's perspective in helping to develop this aspect of course delivery on teacher training courses, however it is a little dense for trainees as an essential text.

There is a lot of material to support development of delivery on communication theories, and it will be listed as a supplementary text on courses.

Sasha Pleasance
Care & Learning Opportunities, South Devon College
July 3, 2012
Key features


  • Focuses on the relevance of academic research and state-of-the-art science in nonverbal communication
  • Summarizes decades of research by leading scientists and practitioners from a wide variety of fields in an easy-to-understand format
  • Shows the application of nonverbal behavior analysis, demonstrates the importance of nonverbal behaviors in real life, and explores the inclusion of scientifically valid knowledge in practice through engaging case studies
  • Offers cross-cultural research summaries, including broad explanations of the definition of culture, cultural similarities, the differences in nonverbal behaviors and emotions, and the impact of context in judging faces

Sample Materials & Chapters


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