The Role of Expressiveness in Interpersonal Synchrony and Rapport
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Research in the fields of psychotherapy and medicine indicate that interpersonal sensitivity and social skill are important to the establishment of rapport and hence the effectiveness of health professionals (Blanck, Buck, & Rosenthal, 1986; Bernieri & Rosenthal, 1991). While several studies have attempted to isolate specific nonverbal behaviors related to general patterns of nonverbal communication, it has been the global nonverbal measures o/interactional synchrony that appear to be consistently associated with positive qualities of therapeutic rapport (see Cappella, 1981, and Davis, 1982, for literature reviews).