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Cultural Differences in Nonverbal Communication - Chapter Summary
See how nonverbal communication differs between cultures with this self-paced online chapter. Using a simplified and engaging teaching style, our expert instructors analyze the role of culture in nonverbal communication, as well as related concepts such as nonverbal taboos, negative body language, space and emotions. The chapter comes with short quizzes that reinforce essential nonverbal communication terms. You can work through the chapter at any time, and it's accessible on any computer or mobile device. When you're done with the lessons and quizzes, you should be able to:
- Discuss culture's role in nonverbal communication
- Evaluate examples of nonverbal taboos
- Interpret signs of negative body language
- Explain why space is important in nonverbal communication
- Describe differences in emotions between cultures
1. The Role of Culture in Nonverbal Communication
Nonverbal communication is a large part of most conversations, but gestures and other nonverbal cues can mean different things in different cultures. In this lesson, we'll examine the role of culture in nonverbal communication.
2. Nonverbal Taboos: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, explore the ways in which nonverbal taboos can influence communication, and discover some common examples. Then test your understanding with a brief quiz.
3. Negative Body Language: Examples & Signs
In this lesson, you'll learn the definition of negative body language and what its different forms can mean. The lesson will also touch upon the cultural differences in body language.
4. The Importance of Space in Nonverbal Communication
There are many ways in which we communicate, and many of them don't involve saying anything. Explore nonverbal communication and discover how we use physical space to communicate our attitudes and feelings. Then test your understanding with a brief quiz.
5. How Emotions Differ Across Cultures
Every country and culture expresses emotions in different ways. This is a constantly growing issue for international organizations. In this lesson, we will describe some of these differences.
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Other chapters within the Communications 301: Diversity and Intercultural Communication course
- Communication as a Process
- Understanding Culture
- The Influence of Culture on Communication
- The Impact of Cultural Conflict on Communications
- Ethnocentricity, Prejudice & Stereotypes
- Sexism, Gender Roles & Communication
- Intercultural Communication in the Workplace
- Culture & Communication at School
- Culture & Communication in Healthcare
- Developing Competence in Intercultural Communication
- Required Assignments for Communications 301