ERIC Number: ED394156
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
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The Construct of Emotion in the Study of Nonverbal Communication: A Need for Definition and Greater Consideration for the Influences of Socialization and Culture.
Nonverbal communicative behaviors are a primary channel for emotional expression. Emotions, in turn, strongly influence nonverbal communication displays. Thus, the role of emotions should be a central consideration in nonverbal communication studies. A study examined 34 articles, published in the "Journal of Nonverbal Behavior" between 1976 and 1994, to determine how emotion is characterized and what role is attributed to socialization and culture in emotional expression. Results indicated that emotions were usually considered simply as an abstract categorical term (e.g., fear), with little consideration for causal motivations. The impact of socialization and cultural variation was also ignored in a majority of the studies. Contains 47 references. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Journal of Nonverbal Behavior
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western States Communication Association (67th, Pasadena, CA, February 16-20, 1996).