ERIC Number: ED153186
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Ability of Parents to Decode Nonverbal Behavior of Their Own and Other Children. Technical Report No. 444.
Allen, Vernon L.; Brideau, Linda B.
The relationship between the encoder and the decoder in the communication of nonverbal behavior provides the basis for the two studies described in this report. The first study investigated the ability of parents to decode the nonverbal behavior of their own and other children. Parents were asked to identify children's mode of encoding (natural or role play) and the level of comprehension (understanding or not understanding) in films of their children interacting with another child. Results proved that parents were more accurate in decoding understanding or not understanding with their own child than with another child. In contrast, the decoding accuracy of parents was similar with their own and with another child in identifying the mode of encoding (natural or role play). The second study tested the role of familiarity by comparing children's accuracy in decoding their own and another child's nonverbal behavior. Results showed a similar level of decoding accuracy for themselves and for another child. (MAI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Cognitive Learning.