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ERIC Number: ED071124
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr-5
Pages: 11
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Kinesics, Communication and Group Interaction.
O'Connor, J. Regis
This paper reports on the effects of four forms of kinesic communication and three forms of verbal communication on leadership perception in a small group setting. Forty-eight college age discussants were observed in groups of four during twelve 30-minute sessions. Permitted only visual input, eleven previously trained observers recorded four areas of kinesic communication--dynamism, alertness, involvement, and participation. Simultaneously, with only auditory input, ten other trained observers rated the discussants on three verbal variables--group goal facilitation, individual prominence, and interpersonal relations. Finally, the discussants rated each other "on the amount of influence each had in the group." The experimenter presents three major conclusions: (1) of all the seven variables analyzed, participation, dynamism, and individual prominence (in that order) relate to leadership perception; (2) among the kinesic variables, participation and dynamism appear to influence leadership perception; and (3) among the verbal variables, individual prominence and group goal facilitation appear to influence leadership perception. (LG)
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Note: Paper presented at the Convention of the Southern Speech Communication Assn. (Bowling Green, Ky., April 5, 1972)