Comm 292 Chapter 7 Notes

Nonverbal communication messages conveyed through

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Nonverbal Communication – messages conveyed through body movements, facial expressions, and the physical distance between the sender and receiver. Kinesics – the study of body motions, such as gestures, facial configurations, and other movements of the body. The two more important messages that body language conveys are: 1. The extent to which an individual likes another and is interested in his or her views (we are more likely to position ourselves to people we like); 2. The relative perceived status between a sender and receiver (if you feel that you are of higher status than another, you are more likely to display body movements, such as crossed legs). Proxemics – the study of physical space in interpersonal relationships. “Men use talk to emphasize status while women use it to create connection.” Cultural Barriers 1. Barriers caused by semantics: when words mean different things to different people. 2. Barriers caused by word connotations: “yes, I’m listening” or “yes, I agree”? 3. Barriers caused by tone differences
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4. Barriers caused by differences among perceptions High-Context Cultures – cultures that rely heavily on nonverbal and subtle situational cues in communication (what is not said may be more significant than what is said). Low-Context Cultures – cultures that rely heavily on words to convey meaning in communication.
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