Cues in Nonverbal Communication,By: Rebecca Gammon

Cues in Nonverbal Communication

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Scholarly, Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

Rebecca Gammon

The article is concerning nonverbal cues to risk taking behavior. The information is constructed with knowledge pertaining to nonverbal cues accompanied by body posture and gestures along with psychological states of mind and there is also the research that contains evidence from the speech content that was studied as well. The findings were articulated in a manner that was interesting to say the least. The risk taking behavior associated with our nonverbal cues comes in various forms and has been documented in these findings through the series of analogies from negotiators in the money investment firms, lawyers making pre-trial decisions, to police officers assessing their suspects. These analogies all have to do with risk taking in our nonverbal/ verbal cues.

The research questions are whether or not people have the knowledge, confidence, information to assess a situation for scenarios with vital and sensitive outcomes to their decision making and risk taking in a group of mixed individuals where they have to make a decision about a real life situation and the seriousness of the outcome. The observers were reporting the outcomes and focusing on the participants cues in how they reached their conclusions. The reports were done with a nonverbal method and a verbal method to their final results.

The methods for the study conducted was where participants were working in small groups of two or four members. They had 6 minutes to reach a consensus with their group on solutions for two separate problems. One of the problems they were faced to make a decision on was a disease outbreak scenario which they needed to prepare for an epidemic by selecting two possible courses of action. The other problem they had to make a consensus on was a financial problem focusing on investments in which they needed to to choose between two options for investing community funds. After the interaction participants reported their individual risk preference in writing and the speech content was transcribed and evaluated by four naïve coders. The coders read the transcript of each group interaction overall and then evaluated how certain and how confident each participant seemed on a scale of 1 (not at all) to 7 (very much).

The results were judged by coders to have more confident nonverbal behaviors engaged in risk taking decision making during their interaction with the group. I will add the Table 1 from the article on (pg 84) to show the preference for the decision making and the graph for the analysis. Consistent with the nonverbal behaviors with the speech content, certainty during the interaction also predicted more risk taking. Participants used more certainty related words in their interaction with other participants and preferred the riskier options to resolve the disease and financial problems.

In comparing or contrasting what I have learned in Nonverbal behavior and communication this study reflects how we all can perceive cues differently and whether or not our individual perception has influenced our impressions. In the text on (pg220) with the information with message processing, “ message processing is concerned with how humans acquire, store, comprehend, and receive messages”. This is describing the article in the in how our nonverbal patterns can be subjected wrong impression from untrained coders or people without experience in observing nonverbal behaviors. Basically, adults rely more on nonverbal cues than on verbal cues to determine social meaning. (pg 221 textbook cited).

My personal reaction to the research holds true to what I have experienced in life through observing and learning patterns in various individuals’ behaviors. Between personal experience and academic training and this current course work I have learned a great deal more in my objective observation in nonverbal/ verbal cues and behaviors.


Works Cited:

Certainty Broadcasts Risk Preferences: Verbal and Nonverbal Cues to Risk-Taking

Wesley G. Moons-Jennifer R. Spoor-Anne E. Kalormiris-Michael K. Risk

Published online: 17 January 2013 @ Springer Science+ Business Media New York 2013

Nonverbal Communication: Judee K. Burgoon- Laura K. Guerrero- Kory Floyd, Pearson Education, Inc. 2010


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