The newly revised edition of this groundbreaking textbook provides a comprehensive overview of the theory, research, and applications of nonverbal communication.

Authored by three of the foremost scholars in the field and drawing on multidisciplinary research from communication studies, psychology, linguistics, and family studies, Nonverbal Communication speaks to today’s students with modern examples that illustrate nonverbal communication in their lived experiences. It emphasizes nonverbal codes as well as the functions they perform to help students see how nonverbal cues work with one another and with the verbal system through which we create and understand messages and shows how consequential nonverbal means of communicating are in people’s lives. Chapters cover the social and biological foundations of nonverbal communication as well as the expression of emotions, interpersonal conversation, deception, power, and influence. This edition includes new content on “Influencing Others,” as well as a revised chapter on “Displaying Identities, Managing Images, and Forming Impressions” that combines identity, impression management, and person perception.

Nonverbal Communication serves as a core textbook for undergraduate and graduate courses in communication and psychology.

Online resources for instructors, including an extensive instructor’s manual with sample exercises and a test bank, are available at www.routledge.com/9780367557386

part 1|256 pages


chapter 1|40 pages

Introduction and Overview

chapter 4|37 pages

The Visual and Auditory Codes

Kinesics and Vocalics

chapter 5|36 pages

The Contact Codes

Haptics and Proxemics

chapter 6|37 pages

The Body as a Code

Appearance and Adornment

chapter 7|35 pages

Place and Time Codes

Environment, Artifacts, and Chronemics

part 2|268 pages


chapter 9|33 pages

Expressing Emotion

chapter 10|41 pages

Relational Messages

Developing and Expressing Closeness

chapter 11|34 pages

Relational Messages

Power, Dominance, and Status

chapter 12|36 pages

Coordinating Interaction

chapter 13|38 pages

Influencing Others

chapter 14|44 pages

Deceiving and Detecting Deception