Nonverbal Communication

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The course investigates the impact of nonverbal behavior on the communication process. It explores how the environment, dress, appearance, movement, facial expressions, eye behavior, and chronemics affect communication.  Special attention is given to nonverbal research and analysis.


CAVEAT: No graduate credit will be awarded if COM4407 has been successfully completed.



  • Discussing the different types of nonverbal behaviors: oculesics, facial kinesics, kinesics, environment, haptics, chronemics, smell, dress, and appearance.
  • Describing how to locate scholarly nonverbal behavior using appropriate indexes in EBSCO and other appropriate on-line sources.
  • Using critical thinking skills to develop a methodology and tabulate results of a nonverbal study.
  • Writing a paper which presents a literature review, a method, and results.
  • Using analytical skills to evaluate an environment by applying the research on nonverbal environments.
  • Describing the four different types of proxemic spaces: intimate, interpersonal, social, and public.
  • Completing a nonverbal self analysis which looks at dress, appearance, eyes, facial kinesics, and environment.
  • Discussing how personal appearance can be manipulated so the person looks credible, knowledgeable, and approachable.
  • Analyzing the messages being sent by others nonverbal appearance.
  • Describing how personality can be communicated through facial expressions.
  • Discussing how pupilmetrics can help identify who is attracted to whom, what products are desirable, and which political candidates are preferred.
  • Examining and explaining the role of haptics in human development from birth to death.
  • Describing the role of vocalics in affecting the image of an individual.
  • Studying how postural and gestural kinesics affect human interaction.
  • Discussing how persuasion can be affected by kinesics.
  • Applying the theories and research of nonverbal communication to analyze interactions.
  • Listing and describing how cultures differ nonverbally.


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