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Recall of Nonverbal Cues: Exploring a New Definition of Interpersonal Sensitivity

Published inJournal of Nonverbal Behavior, vol. 30, no. 4, p. 141-155
Publication date2006

Interpersonal sensitivity, defined as the accurate recall of another person's nonverbal behavior, was measured in two studies. In Study 1, nonverbal recall accuracy (NRA) was based on recall of cues expressed by a man and/or woman being interviewed on videotape. Retest reliability after 2 weeks was satisfactory and the male and female tests demonstrated sufficient convergence. Participants could assess their own recall accuracy at better than chance levels; ability to decode the meanings of visual nonverbal cues was positively related to NRA; discriminant validity of NRA was demonstrated with regard to general cognitive ability; and women had higher NRA than men. In Study 2, NRA was based on recall of a live interaction partner. Women again had higher NRA than men; NRA was significantly better than chance; and higher NRA was associated with more smiling and self-reported positive affect during the interaction. Nonverbal recall accuracy is a promising new definition of interpersonal sensitivity.

  • Interpersonal sensitivity
  • Nonverbal behavior
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HALL, Judith A., MURPHY, Nora A., SCHMID MAST, Marianne. Recall of Nonverbal Cues: Exploring a New Definition of Interpersonal Sensitivity. In: Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 2006, vol. 30, n° 4, p. 141–155. doi: 10.1007/s10919-006-0013-3
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