Learning Objectives

  • List the functions of nonverbal communication.
  • Give examples of nonverbal misinterpretations for various types of nonverbal communication.
  • Describe Edward Hall’s work with proxemics.
  • Give examples of gestures whose meaning varies by culture.
  • Give examples of nonverbal communication behavior in one culture that reflects the values of that culture.
  • Explain how nonverbal interpretations can be a barrier in intercultural communication.