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Nonverbal Self-Accuracy in Interpersonal Interaction

Published inPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin, vol. 33, no. 12, p. 1675-1685
Publication date2007

Four studies measure participants' accuracy in remembering, without forewarning, their own nonverbal behavior after an interpersonal interaction. Self-accuracy for smiling, nodding, gazing, hand gesturing, and self-touching is scored by comparing the participants' recollections with coding based on videotape. Self-accuracy is above chance and of modest magnitude on average. Self-accuracy is greatest for smiling; intermediate for nodding, gazing, and gesturing; and lowest for self-touching. It is higher when participants focus attention away from the self (learning as much as possible about the partner, rearranging the furniture in the room, evaluating the partner, smiling and gazing at the partner) than when participants are more self-focused (getting acquainted, trying to make a good impression on the partner, being evaluated by the partner, engaging in more self-touching). The contributions of cognitive demand and affective state are discussed.

  • Accuracy
  • Interaction
  • Nonverbal
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HALL, Judith A., MURPHY, Nora A., SCHMID MAST, Marianne. Nonverbal Self-Accuracy in Interpersonal Interaction. In: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 2007, vol. 33, n° 12, p. 1675–1685. doi: 10.1177/0146167207307492
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