Sex Differences In Nonverbal Communication: Advantage Lost Or Supremacy Regained?

P.Noller P.NollerPatriciaP.Noller P.NollerPatricia (1986) Sex Differences In Nonverbal Communication: Advantage Lost Or Supremacy Regained?. Australian Journal of Psychology, 38 1: 23-32. doi:10.1080/00049538608256414

Author P.Noller P.NollerPatriciaP.Noller P.NollerPatricia
Title Sex Differences In Nonverbal Communication: Advantage Lost Or Supremacy Regained?
Journal name Australian Journal of Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1742-9536
Publication date 1986-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00049538608256414
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 38
Issue 1
Start page 23
End page 32
Total pages 10
Language eng
Subject 3200 Psychology
Abstract This paper examines sex differences in nonverbal communication and possible explanations for these differences. Explanations are discussed for both encoding and decoding, including the probable reasons for women being generally more accurate decoders than men and “losing their advantage” over men in situations where the encoder is known or where deception or channel discrepancy is involved. Explanations for sex differences in nonverbal communication generally focus on what it is about women which causes them to decode less accurately in these particular situations rather than why men generally decode poorly, except in these specific situations. This bias occurs despite the fact that both men and women have difficulty decoding discrepant and deceptive communications. It will be argued in this paper that the most parsimonious explanation of sex differences in nonverbal accuracy involves women's greater knowledge of and endorsement for social rules about (a) emotional supportiveness and politeness, (b) display and decoding rules concerning how emotional messages should be sent and attended to, and (c) the specific codes and usages of nonverbal communication. 1986 Australian Psychological Society
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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