Patterns of Nonverbal Adaptation in Supportive Interactions

Graham D. Bodie, Kaitlin E. Cannava, Andrea J. Vickery, Susanne M. Jones

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This study seeks initial evidence for the patterns of nonverbal adaptation predictive of emotional improvement after a troubles talk conversation. A total of 128 dyads composed of two unacquainted individuals engaged in a 5-minute conversation about a stressful event, and the nonverbal behaviors of both the supportive listener and discloser were coded for immediacy. We detected a general pattern of matching between interlocutors, which was positively associated with disclosers’ reported emotional improvement above and beyond listener immediacy. Importantly, we found primary support for a discloser-matching model whereby emotional improvement is a function of disclosers matching highly immediate listeners but no support for a listener-matching model whereby emotional improvement is a function of listeners matching disclosers to signal empathy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-19
Number of pages17
JournalCommunication Studies
Volume67
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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Keywords

  • Comforting
  • Matching
  • Mimicry
  • Social Support
  • Supportive Communication

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Patterns of Nonverbal Adaptation in Supportive Interactions. / Bodie, Graham D.; Cannava, Kaitlin E.; Vickery, Andrea J.; Jones, Susanne M.

In: Communication Studies, Vol. 67, No. 1, 01.01.2016, p. 3-19.

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Bodie GD, Cannava KE, Vickery AJ, Jones SM. Patterns of Nonverbal Adaptation in Supportive Interactions. Communication Studies. 2016 Jan 1;67(1):3-19. Available from, DOI: 10.1080/10510974.2015.1036168

Bodie, Graham D.; Cannava, Kaitlin E.; Vickery, Andrea J.; Jones, Susanne M. / Patterns of Nonverbal Adaptation in Supportive Interactions.

In: Communication Studies, Vol. 67, No. 1, 01.01.2016, p. 3-19.

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