Nonverbal Quiz

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This quiz tests basic knowledge of nonverbal communication. Key terms and concepts are covered.

  
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  • 1. 
    1.       Nonverbal communication (NVC) examines the meaning we assign to nonverbal cues. It does not, however, deal with the meaning tied to the absence of those cues.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 2. 
    1.       The study of NVC clearly separates behavior into either the verbal category of the nonverbal category.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 3. 
    1.       Most people think NVC is about the encoding, not the decoding part, which is important.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 4. 
    1.       Most NVC is processed on the left side of the brain.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 5. 
    1.       While one side of the brain is most active during verbal or nonverbal processing, both sides play some part.
    • A. 

      Trrue

    • B. 

      False


  • 6. 
    1.       Sometimes we encode nonverbal behavior without conscious awareness.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 7. 
    1.       **We must decode nonverbal behavior with conscious awareness
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 8. 
    1.       The study of NVC deals with human behaviors, not nonhuman factors.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 9. 
    1.       A study that examines how people respond to space in group settings is a form of proxemics.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 10. 
    1.       The communicator’s body shape, skin color, appearance, height, and weight are called artifacts.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 11. 
    1.       Posture can reveal degree of attention, status, and liking, but is not an indicator of emotional state.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 12. 
    1.       Scratching one’s head or smoothing one’s dress are forms of adaptors.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 13. 
    1.       Vocal behavior examines what is said and how it is said.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 14. 
    1.       The use of disfluencies (like um, er, uh, etc.) are not part of NVC because they are strictly verbal.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 15. 
    1.       Verbal and nonverbal behaviors are difficult to clearly separate.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 16. 
    1.       An example of the repeating function is paraphrasing what you just said.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 17. 
    1.       Someone says something upsetting to you, but smiles. This is an example of the conflicting function.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 18. 
    1.       Conflicting signals, if they are not followed by clarifying information, may result in hostile feelings in the receiver.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 19. 
    1.       Sometimes, conflicting signals serve a helpful or enjoyable purpose.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 20. 
    1.       If someone seems to be smiling, but their body movement seems to indicate something else, people usually trust the smiling.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 21. 
    1.       Unlike adults, children faced with a negative verbal and a positive nonverbal trust the verbal more.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 22. 
    1.       Complementing refers to one nonverbal that supports another nonverbal.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 23. 
    1.       Substituting refers to using a nonverbal to completely take the place of a verbal, and it can sometimes be misinterpreted.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 24. 
    1.       An accenting nonverbal attenuates or strengthens a verbal message.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 25. 
    1.       Most rules for regulating conversations through nonverbal behaviors are explicit, not implicit.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 26. 
    1.       The current understanding of the nature/nurture debate regarding human behaviors is that it is probably a bit of both.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 27. 
    1.       Children develop language skills even when isolated from interpersonal contact with others.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 28. 
    1.       There is support for the idea that the determining characteristics of facial attractiveness are somewhat universal.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 29. 
    1.       Many nonverbal behaviors are exhibited by children blind from birth, supporting that some level of “nature” exists in NVC.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 30. 
    1.       The use of congenitally blind children in research is the attempt to control for the effects of socialization.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 31. 
    1.       Children blind from birth seem to exhibit the same level of intensity as sighted children when displaying emotion nonverbally.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 32. 
    1.       While it can be determined empirically that children acquire some level of norms of NV behavior genetically, the emotion felt cannot be clearly determined, which complicates research.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 33. 
    1.       DET suggests facial expressions are acquired primarily via socialization, not genetics.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 34. 
    1.       Most modern researchers accept that socialization plays some role in norms of NVC.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 35. 
    1.       Research on monozygotic twins has revealed many similarities in some variables likely to genetically related, but non-genetic factors account for about half of the variance.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 36. 
    1.       No studies have found a connection between the body language behaviors of monozygotic twins.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 37. 
    1.       Some of the behavioral similarities between nonhuman and human primates are due to common social and biological problems.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 38. 
    1.       All species seem to assign the same social meaning to the bared-teeth display.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 39. 
    1.       Nonhuman and human primates, infants, and children all differ in the way they use eye contact during greetings.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 40. 
    1.       Eibl-Eibesfeldt asserts that no universal facial, proxemic, or gestural behaviors exist.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 41. 
    1.       Research seems to support some universal relationship between certain facial movements and specific emotions.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 42. 
    1.       Display rules are driven by two cultural dimensions, individualism/collectivism and certainty/uncertainty.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 43. 
    1.       The one emotion with the most universal facial nonverbal attributions is fear.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 44. 
    1.       Cultural similarities in some seem to be present in people’s use of nonverbals, but not in the interpretation of those nonverbals.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 45. 
    1.       Social intelligence is conceptually the same as cognitive intelligence.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 46. 
    1.       Social communication is determined entirely by one’s ability to decode nonverbal cues.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 47. 
    1.       The roles each participant in a social interaction play is not predetermined; it is negotiated until there is a common understanding of those roles.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 48. 
    1.       Most of our abilities to encode and decode nonverbal signals are innate, not learned.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 49. 
    1.       Practicing nonverbal communication (NVC), by itself, has little effect; feedback is required in order to improve encoding and decoding.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 50. 
    1.       Research has found that mothers are significantly better in judging nonverbal cues than those without children, which means being a mother causes better nonverbal skills.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 51. 
    1.        “Reinforcers” can be verbal as well as nonverbal.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 52. 
    1.       People are more likely to be wary of another person’s nonverbal persuasive abilities than with another person’s verbal persuasive abilities.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 53. 
    1.       Most research on NVC has focused on deception and attitudes; very little research exists on the emotional component.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 54. 
    1.       A nonverbal “social footprint” might include the types of car people choose, the way they decorate they homes, and the way they present themselves online.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 55. 
    1.       Research methods that examine NVC often must use “thin slice” stimuli, which might include interacting with a participant over an extended period.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 56. 
    1.       Using posed emotions in studies of NVC assumes the encoded emotion is expressed appropriately.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 57. 
    1.       The use of a naturalistic setting in the IPT makes it easy to determine which cue channel is operative.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 58. 
    1.       Research indicates that our impressions of others’ extraversion are reasonably accurate, even after a very short exposure.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 59. 
    1.       Research supports that there is a great difference between men and women concerning  the decoding of nonverbal cues. Females decode more accurately than males, but the results are quite inconsistent.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 60. 
    1.       After about 30 years of age, people’s decoding skills tend to decline.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 61. 
    1.       Those that score very highly on nonverbal decoding skills tend to be more manipulative.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 62. 
    1.       Research has found that watching TV may increase the abilities of children to decode emotional expression.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 63. 
    1.       Asperger’s syndrome results in poor verbal abilities, but actually increases the ability to decode facial expressions.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 64. 
    1.       Decoding nonverbal messages based on judgments of another’s voice is generally more accurate than judgments of the visual channel.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 65. 
    1.       **A sad mood increases our awareness of others, resulting in increased nonverbal decoding accuracy.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 66. 
    1.       Defining nonverbal encoding is more complex than nonverbal decoding.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 67. 
    1.       Highly spontaneous emotionally expressive people would make good poker players.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 68. 
    1.       Similar to the development of decoding abilities, the ability to encode emotional messages tends to increase through childhood.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 69. 
    1.       The notion that good decoders are good encoders has been strongly supported in the research.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 70. 
    1.       The length of a student’s participation tends to be longer as class size increases.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 71. 
    1.       While where a student sits seems to affect participation, the initial choice is fairly random.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 72. 
    1.       When forced into situations that are “too close for comfort,” we try to decrease the psychological distance.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 73. 
    1.       “Nonscreeners” tend to sense more stimuli.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 74. 
    1.       Compared to people in the US, those in Brazil are more aware of the preciseness of time.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 75. 
    1.       Our interaction style is influenced more by the diversity of those we communicate with than by the number of people in the encounter.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 76. 
    1.       Increased outside temperatures lead to greater likelihood of hostility, but hostility tends to decrease after temperatures rise to extreme discomfort.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 77. 
    1.       When in a two-person conversation that we’d like to terminate, we are less likely to leave when a third party joins
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 78. 
    1.       **The social facilitation effect can make individual performance measures less valid.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 79. 
    1.       Couples with few jointly acquired decorative objects in their home are those that research has found to have less commitment.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 80. 
    1.       Students that decorate their dorm rooms with home and high school-related decorations tend to be the better-performing students.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 81. 
    1.       Color preferences are generally constant, regardless of the context.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 82. 
    1.       Research on the effects of color on human interaction is inconclusive; few reliable inferences can be made.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 83. 
    1.       Noise in the environment has little effect on performance, even when the noise is uncontrollable and unpredictable.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 84. 
    1.       There is a relationship between the brightness of light in an environment and the degree of intimate communication.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 85. 
    1.       Physical barriers between people seem to increase psychological distance in many studies.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 86. 
    1.       There is a negative relationship between the status and power of individuals in organizations and communication accessibility.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 87. 
    1.       The greater the accessibility allowed by the communication setting, the greater the task-oriented communication.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 88. 
    1.       Proximity tends to reduce attraction and friendship.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


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