New Study Finds People Have More Confidence in Nonverbal Communication in Their Lives
Nonverbal communication is the ability to communicate without speaking.
It is often used to communicate with a non-verbal person, or to respond to a nonverbal stimulus.
People with more confidence in nonverbal speech can be more accurate and more likely to make good decisions, according to a study published online in the journal Science Advances.
The study looked at more than 2,300 U.S. adults between ages 18 and 59.
The participants were asked to report their own use of nonverbal language, and how confident they were in the accuracy of their responses.
The researchers then analyzed how confident participants were in their answers.
People who reported greater confidence in their nonverbal messages were more likely than those who reported less confidence to accurately say their answer was accurate.
These findings suggest that more confidence increases a person’s ability to use nonverbal cues to communicate, which could have benefits in certain settings, including in health care settings.
“In addition, these results indicate that more nonverbal communicative practice improves people’s ability both to use the nonverbal signals they use for communication and to understand the context in which they use them,” the researchers write.
“As a result, nonverbal communications may have a role in the prevention of communicable diseases, such as communicable illnesses, communicable disease transmission, and communicable contagion.”