Emotional Recognition, Fear, and Nonverbal Behavior

  • Aleksandra Kostić
  • Derek Chadee


Nonverbal communication plays a prominent role in human social behavior. It is defined as “communication effected by means other than words” since it goes without saying that words are the principal means of verbal communication (Knapp & Hall, 2010, p. 5). In most cases, this can be a useful definition although, in some ways, it reduces the role and importance of the numerous functions of nonverbal behavior. Those who wish to understand human social behavior must carefully “disentangle” and decode nonverbal signals given by the interlocutors (facial expression, gestures, posture, bodily contact, tone of voice, proximity), and then view these signals in the context of the entire communication, including verbal.


Facial Expression Emotional Recognition Nonverbal Behavior Nonverbal Communication International Affective Picture System 
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