Activity Discussion: Verbal and Nonverbal Components of Deception
This is a nongraded activity.
When you interact with others, you pay attention to both verbal and nonverbal cues. Verbal behavior is much easier to control than nonverbal communications. Many of the nonverbal components of communication are fleeting in nature and difficult to notice. However, scientists have studied and identified these microexpressions. They have also become the focus of several television crime shows, such as Lie to Me, which is based on the work of Paul Ekman.
Research Internet resources for the work of Paul Ekman in the field of microexpressions, and on the basis of your findings, respond to the following:
- Identify verbal and nonverbal components of deception and nondeception. Provide two to three examples of facial and bodily expressions of emotions and the facial areas involved in deception.
- Which are the emotions that are easier to control?
- Which are the emotions that are difficult to control? Provide two to three examples of situations where the verbal and nonverbal expressions are not consistent with each other.
- Are there some emotional expressions that cannot be controlled? Provide two to three examples of such emotions.
Write your initial response in approximately 300 words. Apply APA standards to cite sources.
- By the due date assigned, post your responses to this Discussion Area.
- Through the end of the module, respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts. While responding, identify the similarities and differences between what you have constructed and what your classmates have.