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The science of nonverbal communication has revealed intriguing insights into everything from how aspects of your reactions are biologically hardwired to how you are subconsciously influenced to vote by political speakers. With careful observation, you'll come to realize that the “invisible” world of nonverbal communication was always visible to you.

Understanding Nonverbal Communication is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on November 1, 2016.

Understanding Nonverbal Communication is available for streaming on the The Great Courses Signature Collection website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Understanding Nonverbal Communication on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Kanopy, The Roku Channel online.

The Great Courses Signature Collection
1 Season, 12 Episodes
November 1, 2016
Cast: Mark Frank
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Understanding Nonverbal Communication Full Episode Guide

  • Conclude the course by revealing how the ability to better read nonverbal communication can affect our daily relationships and help us have a better chance of success in all areas of life. From job interviews to doctor€™s visits, Dr. Frank will show you the impact nonverbal communication has in everyday situations.

  • The ability to detect a lie by clues in the voice, body language, or facial expression is a much-desired skill. When under scrutiny, most people react with aroused emotions-anxiety, for example-even when they are telling the truth. Learn the difference between a deception and a lie then explore the scientific data behind our ability to read honesty.

  • This lecture delves into the impact culture has had on nonverbal communication. Examine the nonverbal communication differences that are driven by the integration of biology and culture, including the unwritten display rules that every culture adopts.

  • How good are we at reading people? Can we train ourselves to be better at this skill, or is it an inherent ability? This lecture explores a number of studies that measure the ability to read facial expressions, voice and tone, and body language. Get some tips for improving your own ability to read nonverbal communication.

  • Body language communicates many things, and often contradicts messages that our words convey. Divide the body into the areas that send the clearest signals about your intent to better understand how to use your posture and gestures to communicate.

  • Probe into the nonverbal elements of the voice: the configurations of pausing, the irregularities of speech, and vocal tone. Tone includes the amplitude (volume), timbre, resonance, and pitch of the voice. Discover how much you can-and can€™t-tell about a person just from their voice and speech patterns.

  • Take a closer look at facial expressions, learning that some reactions may be superficially easy to read, while other expressions demonstrate a conflict of feelings or nuances that often get lost in the interpretation.

  • Unravel the long history of how nonverbal communication has evolved, how and why we originally interacted with others, and how the biological history of our bodies suggests that our ability to communicate verbally was so limited, the only way we could send messages to friends and foes was through facial expressions and body language.

  • Can we predict behavior and personality based on the body or the face? Are taller people more likely to earn more money than shorter people? What makes someone€™s face attractive? Dr. Frank looks at the myths and facts about how age-old cultural references in seeking mates and partners have evolved into snap judgments about personality types, which can have an effect on our potential success.

  • See how you send signals by just by the colors you choose to wear, or the makeup and scent you apply. Trace the evolution of why certain colors or smells still send subtle and often unconscious messages. Study how the use of space, architecture, lighting, and other, seemingly ambiguous external factors can all have an impact on how we feel, react, and behave.

  • Examine the biological drives, such as territorialism, that influence our nonverbal reactions. Define the three €œlevels€ of territories and see how they affect our reaction. Understanding this is an inherent reaction in everyone can help reduce social conflicts.

  • Learn about the popular, and often incorrectly referenced, study from the 1960s that opened the door to the modern study of nonverbal communication. Understand why nonverbal communication matters so much, and learn how it interacts with verbal communication to reemphasize or deemphasize the message.