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Running Head NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION Gender and Nonverbal Communication An Empirical Study Christine Creaney Psychology 235 Psychology of Gender Dr Michael McGuire November 30 2000 Gender and Nonverbal Communication An Empirical study Nonverbal communication is a very large part of human communication behavior The types of nonverbal communication can range from a simple smile to an obvious avoidance of eye contact but each behavior carries a direct message that can be understood by all the individuals in a public communication situation Nonverbal communication for use in this analysis is defined by Canary and Dindia 1998 as the form of communication that does not include words messages expressed by nonlinguistic means peoples actions or attributes including their use of objects sounds time and space that have socially shared significance and stimulate meaning in others Canary Dindia 1998 Through my own observation of a public communication situation a set of rules for nonverbal communication for that situation was determined yet it varied according to age and gender Nonverbal communication rules may differ according to the situation An individuals actions are different when riding on the subway than their actions when getting acquainted at the local pub Actions when riding in an elevator may be perceived very differently when doing business at a post office This analysis does not assume or argue that the rules for nonverbal communication are the same for every public communication situation Rather each situation has its own set of rules for nonverbal behavior and the observation and experience of each situation determines its set of rules I will prove in this study that gender and age appear to be highly related to the kinds of nonverbal communications shared between humans Method Overview A public communication situation occurs in a carryout restaurant every day My own observations and set of rules for a public communication situation were developed in such an establishment
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