Relational message interpretations of touch, conversational distance, and posture

@article{Burgoon1991RelationalMI,
  title={Relational message interpretations of touch, conversational distance, and posture},
  author={Judee K. Burgoon},
  journal={Journal of Nonverbal Behavior},
  year={1991},
  volume={15},
  pages={233-259}
}
  • J. Burgoon
  • Published 1 December 1991
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Nonverbal Behavior
According to a social meaning model of nonverbal communication, many nonverbal behaviors have consensually recognized meanings. Two field experiments examined this presumption by investigating the relational message interpretations assigned to differing levels and types of touch, proximity, and posture. Also examined were the possible moderating effects of the communicator characteristics of gender and attractiveness and relationship characteristics of gender composition and status… 
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