Date of Final Oral Examination (Defense)
Type of Culminating Activity
Master of Arts in Communication
Heidi M. Reeder, Ph.D.
John G. McClellan, Ph.D.
Kathryn Demps, Ph.D.
Julia Thom Oxford, Ph.D.
Nonverbal communication adds multiple layers of meaning to social interaction above that conveyed by words. The comprehension of these nonverbal messages depends on individual ability which varies greatly between individuals. Variation in nonverbal communication ability and the variables of influence that have been associated with it over decades of research are the topic of this research project. Variables that have been correlated to nonverbal communication skill were used to develop a theory for the development of this skill and construct an evidence-based theoretical model that provides an explanation for nonverbal skill acquisition and variability. This model was also analyzed for further implications about related theory and research.
Berger, Julia, "Decoding Nonverbal Ability: A Theoretical Model for the Acquisition of Nonverbal Decoding Skill" (2017). Boise State University Theses and Dissertations. 1293.