ERIC Number: ED196908
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Individual Differences in Nonverbal Communication: Facial and Vocal Encoding Skills. Report from the Project on Studies of Instructional Programming for the Individual Student.
Brideau, Linda B.; Allen, Vernon L.
This study tested the hypothesis that physical attractiveness is related to social skills in nonverbal communication. The socialization environment of persons is assumed to differ as a function of their physical attractiveness. It was predicted that physically attractive individuals would have greater opportunity than physically unattractive individuals to develop nonverbal communication skills (encoding ability). Results showed that physically attractive females had greater nonverbal communication skills than unattractive females in two nonverbal channels (facial and vocal). Males did not differ in communication accuracy (facial or vocal) as a function of level of physical attractiveness. The interaction between physical attractiveness and sex of encoder is consistent with research suggesting that attractiveness contributes strongly to social acceptance and self concept for females, but less so for males. (Authors/CJ)
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 Individualized Schooling.