Previous research has not considered the effects of nonverbal synchronization by a speaker on message processing and acceptance by a listener. In this experiment, 178 subjects watched one of three versions of a message-high synchrony, minimal synchrony or dissynchrony-presented by one of two speakers. Receivers of the high synchrony message, which employed kinesic cues synchronized to the vocal/verbal stream, showed higher recall of the message and were more persuaded by it than receivers of the dissynchronous message, which had kinesic cues "out of sync" with the vocal/verbal stream. Results on three other dependent measures-credibility, distraction and counterarguing-were mixed but were generally consistent with the credibility-yielding and distraction-yielding formulations outlined.
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- Social Psychology