Thursday July 5, 2007
Does crossing your arms indicate that you're feeling defensive? Are shifty eyes the mark of a liar? There has been a significant amount of research on nonverbal communication and behavior, which has revealed a myriad of ways to communicate meaning without words. From the way we dress to the way we move, our nonverbal signals can reveal a great deal about our emotions, perceptions, and intentions, although many of these behaviors are so subtle that we rarely notice them consciously. The following article outlines some of the major types of nonverbal communication and behavior that have been described and studied by psychologists and other researchers.