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ERIC Number: ED095591
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Pages: 26
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A View on the Function of Self-Adaptors and Their Communication Consequences.
Genova, B. K. L.
The purpose of this paper is to examine the function served by self-adaptor type behaviors (defined here as "hand touch" on the face, body, the other hand, and the fingers) in order to discover why people perform self-adaptors and what happens when they do. Following an extensive review of the literature, it is proposed that self-adaptors serve two functions: a primary encoder function, whereby the individual uses self-adaptors to help himself prepare for or cope with problems in encoding; and a secondary encoder function, whereby self-adaptor activity provides the observer with cues for attitudinal inferences. The paper concludes with a discussion of some of the ways of testing hypotheses related to self-adaptor type behaviors. (RB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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