Find a public place where you can "people watch". This could be a
common area on campus, a restaurant or food court, a public place, a bus
stop, a mall, etc.
Find two ADULTS who are clearly together, but whom you DO NOT know. DO NOT observe or include ANY children for this assignment - this is a legal issue with observations, so NO children should be part of your observation.
Make sure that your observation point allows you to SEE both people,
but you're NOT close enough to hear them - the point of this Assignment
is to gather VISIBLE nonverbal communication only, you should not be able to hear them at all.
Watch the two adults for about three to five minutes, paying
attention to the visible nonverbal communication between them that you
witness. Answer the following in at least two very detailed paragraphs:
- Where are you observing these people?
Based only on what you observe, what do you think is the relationship these two people have to each other? (For example, they are friends, spouses, relatives, boyfriend/girlfriend, or some other relationship.)Describe, in as much detail as possible, the visible nonverbal communication that makes you think so.
Based only on what you observe, what type of conversation are they having; what emotions are they exhibiting? (For example, they are having a friendly discussion or an argument. They are angry, happy, sad, or stressed.) Describe, in as much detail as possible, the visible nonverbal communication that makes you think so.
- Was their nonverbal communication appropriate for the setting in which you observed them? Why or why not?
Make note of as much nonverbal communication as possible and be
as specific as possible in the descriptions. Don't just say "they were
happy"; describe the specific nonverbal communication that makes you
think they were happy…eye contact, facial expression, body language,
Eye contact (Links to an external site.): were they looking at each other or avoiding eye contact?
Facial expressions: describe the expressions - frown, smile, shock, anger, etc.
Space/proximity: describe the distance between the two people (see the chart in this week's Lecture).
Touch: describe any touching you witnessed.
Body language (Links to an external site.): describe their body language - arms at side, arms crossed over chest, expressive hands, pointing, crossed legs, kicking, etc.
Posture: were they sitting or standing up straight, slouching, leaning, etc.
The more specific the observations, the more we can determine based on the nonverbal communication we witness.
*If you are unable to travel to a populated public location, or
if you object to observing a couple adults you don't know, contact your
instructor for an alternate exercise.*
Submission should be a minimum of 200 or more words.
Attach your work before the last day of the academic week (Tuesday).
Use the following file-naming convention:
Please keep track of how much time you spend working on this Assignment and include that time spent (rough estimate, it doesn't need to be exact) with your submission.
This assignment is worth 100 points.
Assignment Grading Rubric
Refer to the following grading rubric when writing your response to the assignment questions.
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