Nonverbal Immediacy: Communicative Salience During Interpersonal Interactions Successful nonverbal communication is necessary for building and maintaining close, personal relationships. Research clearly indicates that nonverbal behaviors significantly influence communication in many important ways (Argyle & Dean, 1965; Burgoon et al., 1989). Particularly important in determining social meaning is a set of nonverbal behaviors that together constitute what communication ... Article
Article  |   September 01, 2005
Nonverbal Immediacy: Communicative Salience During Interpersonal Interactions
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  • Jack E. Sargent
    Kean University, Union, NJ
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Special Populations / Genetic & Congenital Disorders / Professional Issues & Training / Language Disorders / Social Communication & Pragmatics Disorders / Articles
Article   |   September 01, 2005
Nonverbal Immediacy: Communicative Salience During Interpersonal Interactions
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2005, Vol. 14, 4-7. doi:10.1044/aac14.3.4
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2005, Vol. 14, 4-7. doi:10.1044/aac14.3.4
Successful nonverbal communication is necessary for building and maintaining close, personal relationships. Research clearly indicates that nonverbal behaviors significantly influence communication in many important ways (Argyle & Dean, 1965; Burgoon et al., 1989). Particularly important in determining social meaning is a set of nonverbal behaviors that together constitute what communication researchers call “nonverbal immediacy” (Mehrabian, 1972). Of all nonverbal behaviors, probably none has been studied more or is as important to human interaction as nonverbal immediacy. Immediacy behaviors are those behaviors that signal liking, closeness, reflect arousal, and express intensity of conversational involvement (Burgoon et al.; Knapp & Hall, 2006). Even though communication scholars disagree by only one or two behaviors as to which behaviors exactly make up immediacy, they do agree that their function is critical to successful interactions with others.
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