Interpersonal functions of nonverbal communication

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Nonverbal communication helps people accomplish several interpersonal goals, such as: forming first impressions, developing and maintaining relationships, communicating dominance, and expressing emotions. This chapter examines research on these topics, including work on the what-is-beautiful-is-good hypothesis, thin slice impressions, positive involvement (immediacy), flirtation, the bright and dark sides of nonverbal dominance, and the expression of affectionate and hostile emotions. Dyadic patterns related to immediacy, dominance, and emotional expression are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInterpersonal Communication
PublisherWalter de Gruyter GmbH
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9783110276794
ISBN (Print)9783110276428
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Dominance
  • Emotional expression
  • First impressions
  • Flirting
  • Immediacy
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Physical attractiveness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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