Date Approved

5-3-2005

Embargo Period

4-12-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Klanderman, John

Second Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Communication--Sex differences; Nonverbal communication

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis was to determine whether or not college students would respond with any communication to a stimulus of nonverbal communication of either eye contact alone or paired with smiling to the same or opposite gender. The characteristics of this study may have implications on how successful nonverbal communication can be.

One-hundred-sixty students, 8 groups within, were randomly stimulated by either a female or male with either a positive or neutral facial expression and their natural responses were recorded. The responses were coded on a Likert scale and analyzed with a 3 way ANOVA.

The data presented in this study allows this researcher to reject the second null hypothesis and accept the alternate hypothesis that a particular gender providing the nonverbal communication stimuli will gain more responses from the participants. A significant difference was found among the female providing nonverbal communication stimuli.

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