ERIC Number: ED240468
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Reconsidering the Information Potential of Movement and Sound in Social Perception.
Smith, David Lawson; And Others
The organization of behavioral episodes can be described at two levels: the physical level of movement and sound and the phenomenal level of action. Social perception theory and research generally operates at a phenomenal level of behavioral description. Movement and sound traditionally have been considered inadequately structured to provide much specific information to social perception. As a result of neglecting the relationship between the two descriptive levels of behavioral stimulation, social perception theory and research, until recently, have neglected the fundamental issue of behavior perception. In contrast, other research literatures have focused on structure in movement and sound and have identified invariant patterns that specify a variety of human characteristics and activities and that relate to the perception of causality and purposive behavior in certain interaction episodes. Here, the various findings are integrated into a discussion of the relationship between phenomenal units and structure describable at a physical level. An expanded conception of dynamic stimulation is proposed in which the contribution of interpretation and inference is balanced against the information available in movement and sound. (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Phenomenologial Analysis; Social Perception
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (63rd, San Francisco, CA, April 6-10, 1983).