PSYCHOLOGY: Non-verbal Glossary

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Body Language- a general term that describes aspects of non-verbal communication.

Closed posture- positioning the arms so that they are folded across the body and/or crossing the legs.

Communication- passing information from one person to another.

Cultural norms- the range of behaviours that members of a particular social group or society can be expected to show.

Emphasis- giving prominence to some words more than others.

Eye contact- when two people in a conversation are looking at eachothers' eyes at the same time.

Eye rolling- rotating the eyes in order to show boredom.

Gesture- a form of non-verbal communication in which information is conveyed by either deliberate or unknown movements of parts of the body.

Head shaking- opposite of nodding

Hemispheres of the brain- the


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