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Nonverbal Estimates differ: between 65% and 93% of the emotional impact of a message comes from nonverbal communication sources. Neff, Blake J., PhD.
A Pastor’s Guide to Interpersonal Communication.

NY:The Hawthorne Press, 2006
p 77
Nonverbal Nonverbal messages will usually override verbal messages. Interpersonal Communication Involves… Article.
Nonverbal Nonverbal communication can send signals that contradict or interfere with the effective presentation or reception of messages. Often they express true feelings more accurately than the spoken or written language. Herta A. Murphy and Herbert W. Hildebrandt, Effective Business Communications). (Nonverbal Communication. Article.
Nonverbal A great deal of person-to-person communication is non-verbal form as opposed to oral and written forms. Non-verbal communication includes facial expressions, eye contact, tone of voice, body posture and motions, and positioning within groups. It may also include the way you wear your clothes or the silence you keep.
Nonverbal Communication.

Nonverbal Communication is information that is communicated without using words. Estimations:

  • 93% of communication is nonverbal
  • 55% through facial expression, posture, gesture
  • 38% through tone of voice
The Message. Article
Nonverbal Nonverbal communication (e.g., facial expressions, gestures, posture, and tone of voice) is an important component of personal business interactions. It can occur through any sensory channel (e.g., sight, smell, sound, touch, taste). It may include a person’s dress, tone of voice, attitude, and movement. Marketing Information. Article

Israeli Psychologists Studies: Participants with pre-frontal lobe damage had the most difficulty comprehending sarcasm.

L. hemisphere interprets the literal meaning of the utterance.

R. hemisphere and frontal lobes process the intentional, social, and emotional context, identifying the contradiction between the literal meaning and context.

The right ventromedial prefrontal cortex integrates the literal meaning with the social/emotional knowledge of the situation and previous situations, helping the listener determine the true meaning.
American Psychological Association.
The Anatomy of Sarcasm: Researchers Reveal how the Brain handles this Complex Communication, 2005. Article



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