Nonverbal communication

Amy S.Ebesu Hubbard, Judee K Burgoon

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Nonverbal communication is multimodal and multifunctional in nature and examined from disparate disciplines with differing assumptions and methodologies. Regardless of approach, nonverbal communication serves many functions and is closely linked to how we feel about our relationships with others and how we manage those relationships. Nonverbal behaviors are implicated in messages of intimacy, arousal and composure, dominance, formality, and task or social orientation. A study examining nonverbal communication must consider several critical elements such as the granularity of the data, whether the investigation will be experimental, how to gain access to the data, and who will provide the data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAn Integrated Approach to Communication Theory and Research, Third Edition
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781351358712
ISBN (Print)9781138561441
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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Hubbard, A. S. E., & Burgoon, J. K. (2019). Nonverbal communication. In An Integrated Approach to Communication Theory and Research, Third Edition (pp. 333-345). Taylor and Francis.