880206 :Non-verbal communication (CD)


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: The course will consist of 4 plenary introductory lectures, followed by seminar-type meetings with students who will work on group projects, and will have to write an additional individual paper (Collegerooster)
Tentamenvorm: paper (Geen informatie over tentamendata bekend)
Studielast:6 ECTS credits
Inschrijving:Enrollment via Blackboard before start of lectures
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dr. K. van Nispen MSc (coordinator)

Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

The student will gain insight into various forms of non-verbal communication, both auditory and visual. The student will acquire or improve skills in the following areas: critical evaluation of the scientific literature on the basis of specific research questions, and ability to connect different articles and book chapters. The student is capable to analyse the audiovisual behaviour of communication partners.

Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

This course is concerned with the so-called non-verbal communication, which relates to the whole gamut of features that do not determine "what" speakers say, but rather to "how" they say it. First, it refers to aspects of sound structure that are encoded in the speech signal itself, and that can be "heard", such as intonation (speech melody), rhythm, tempo, pause and voice quality. Second, there are non-verbal features that can be "seen" as well, such as different forms of body language, like facial expressions, or hand and arm gestures.

In the course, we discuss how communication partners use auditory and visual signals to provide utterances with extra information which is not necessarily already contained in the words and the syntactic structure of a sentence. More specifically, we investigate how speakers use non-verbal features to partition a sentence in smaller fragments, to highlight elements of the discourse that are important, and to indicate how utterances are connected in higher-level units; we show how people can exploit such features to regulate the turn-taking mechanism, to indicate how they feel about an utterances they are producing, how confident they are about a given statement, and whether or not they are completely truthful about issues they convey.

Verplichte literatuur

  1. Recommended literature will be provided,depending on the topics for the group assignments

Vereiste voorkennis

Given that for the group experiments, students will have to perform a variety of empirical studies, it is highly recommended that students have a good knowledge of statistics and methods

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