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Nonverbal Communication in Everyday Life

Nonverbal Communication in Everyday Life

Fourth Edition
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May 2016 | 544 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Nonverbal Communication in Everyday Life, Fourth Edition, is the most comprehensive, thoroughly researched, and up-to-date introduction to the subject of nonverbal communication available today. Renowned author Martin S. Remland introduces nonverbal communication in a concise and engaging format that connects foundational concepts, current theory, and new research findings to familiar everyday interactions. Presented in three parts, the text offers full and balanced coverage of the functions, channels, and applications of nonverbal communication. This approach not only gives students a strong foundation, but also allows them to fully appreciate the importance of nonverbal communication in their personal and professional lives.

Part One: Foundations
Chapter 1: The Nature and Functions of Nonverbal Communication
When Does Communication Occur?  
When Is Communication Nonverbal?  
What Are The Primary Functions Of Nonverbal Communication?  
The Basic Nonverbal Signaling Systems  
Chapter 2: The Development of Nonverbal Communication: Acquiring Everyday Skills
Nonverbal Communication Skills  
The Development of Nonverbal ¬Communication Skills  
Individual Differences In Nonverbal Communication Skills  
Education and Training  
Part Two: Codes and Functions
Chapter 3: The Human Body: Signaling Multiple Identities
Communication Codes  
Communication Functions  
Chapter 4: Personal Space, Eye Contact, and Touch: An Approach-Avoidance Signaling System
Communication Codes  
Communication Functions  
Chapter 5: Facial Expression: Communicating Emotion
Communication Codes  
Communication Functions  
Chapter 6: Voice and Gesture: Speaking and Replacing Speech
Communication Codes  
Communication Functions  
Part Three: Applications
Chapter 7: Nonverbal Communication in Non-Intimate Encounters
Casual Encounters: Building Conversational Rapport  
Influential Encounters: Getting Help  
Chapter 8: Nonverbal Communication in Intimate Encounters
Relational Intimacy And Nonverbal Communication  
Nonverbal Communication In Intimate Encounters  
Chapter 9: Nonverbal Communication in Deceptive Encounters
Lying And Deception In Everyday Life  
Theories Of Nonverbal Communication And Deception  
Studies Comparing Liars and Truth Tellers  
Catching Liars  
Chapter 10: Nonverbal Communication in Workplace Encounters
Superior–Subordinate Encounters: Communicating Status  
Task-Oriented Encounters: Getting the Job Done  
Chapter 11: Nonverbal Communication in Mediated Encounters
Informative Encounters: Staying Connected  
Persuasive Encounters: Resisting Influence  
Entertaining Encounters: Absorbing Popular Culture  


Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes access to full-text SAGE journal articles referenced in the Find Out More research boxes. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter.

Instructor Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

    • A Microsoft® Word test bank, is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
      • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for use when creating the syllabi for your courses.
      • Steps in Doing Research illustrates the nine basic steps for working through a research project.
      • Suggested Research Projects and Assignments written by Martin Remland are designed to promote students’ in-depth engagement with course material.
Key features


  • Engaging exercises and self-assessments such as “Try This” exercise boxes allow students to experience the significance of nonverbal communication through practical application.
  • A unique chapter on nonverbal communication and media (Chapter 11) provides up-to-date and expanded coverage of how nonverbal communication influences the success of political campaigns, the effectiveness of advertising, various uses of social media, and the spread of popular culture.
  • "Find Out More" research boxes prompt students to learn more about a particular study by going online to see the full text of the study.
  • "Can You Relate to This" personal experience boxes ask students to reflect on something that happened to another student.
  • A brief discussion of nonverbal communication research approaches is located in the Appendix for further student exploration.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

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