OBSERVING NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION

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Instructions:

Choose one of the following activities and record your observations in the space provided.

Watch a television drama or comedy and write down all of the instances of nonverbal communication that you see. After watching the program, list each
instance, classify it based on the list of types below, and place a plus sign (+) next to any example that contributed to the message and a minus sign (-) next
to any that detracted from the message.

Go to a park or shopping mall and sit in one spot where you can view different groups of people. Observe moods, body stance, hand gestures, eye
movement, and voice pitch. Notice the different types of nonverbal communication exhibited by people of different ages (e.g., between two teenagers, two
children, a teenager and a parent, a child and a parent, two adults). Note any nonverbal communication that suggests that people may be making decisions
or resolving con?icts. Observe carefully and take good notes.

For both activities, refer to the list of the eight types of nonverbal communication as needed.

body movements

facial expressions and eye movements

self-presentation

distance

touch

time

voice


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