Students are to observe two or more adults unknown to the observer. The student must not be able to hear the subjects being observed and those being observed must not be wearing a uniform of any kind as this would provide information about their occupation to the observer. Students must describe the environment and the people being observed, i.e., age, gender, dress, etc. Discuss the nonverbal communication, i.e. eye contact, body position and any other nonverbal behavior. Provide your interpretation of the relationship between those being observed. Be very discrete and do not have a conversation with those being observed.

For all discussions questions a primary response of 300 word must be posted to the discussion forum, the post must be submitted by Wednesday at midnight. Each student is to post a reply to another students' posting (minimum 200 words) and must be posted Sunday by Midnight. All late submissions will receive a zero grade.

Requirements (please read)

 For each discussion, you are required to write an initial post (300 words) and one secondary post (200 words).  The discussion forums will be worth 40 points apiece—25 points for the initial post and 15 points for the secondary post.  For your initial and secondary post, you must have at least two academic peer-reviewed articles for references.  You must get them from the library.  There are directions at the top of our Moodle page showing how to utilize the library.

Grading for discussions.

  • All discussions must be completed on-time and must include in-text citations and references in APA style formatting. If you do not use in-text citations or they are not in APA format you will lose 3 points.  If you do not have references or if they are not in APA format, you will lose 5 points. (You do not need citations and references for secondary posts).
  •  You will lose 10% based on word count if your posts are too short.  For example, your initial post is 300 words, if you have 250 words you will lose 5 points.  50 words short times 10% (50 x .10 = 5).
  •  If any part of your post is copied and pasted (ANY POST), you will receive a “0”.  I will not ask you about it and you will not have a chance to resubmit the post.

Response -1(Jayram)


Correspondence is refined and in this way, information is passed on starting with one particular individual then onto the next. For this circumstance, face and eyes are the concentrations which are locked in the midst of correspondence and having ears and eyes being profitable at the period of correspondence; eyes transform into the crucial motivation behind focus taking in the larger part of our information around us while passing on (Siegman and Feldstein, 2014). For instance, when you look at the two ladies, you could advise through their eye to eye association that they are passing on something to a great degree critical which requires estimations and manner. In like manner, all these nonverbal correspondences over the two ladies exhibited that they are sharing information which constitutes estimations and perspectives that are uncommonly horrifying. Consequently, through such sharing, one could feel the other and console each other with the objective that the estimations of being hearted can be lessened and hold the normal presence of quiet. The technique of correspondence without using words as talking or creating is known as the non-verbal correspondence. Non-verbal correspondence is the unintentional thing which tells about their body position, direct and movements. Remember that one can't generally guarantee what certain practices show up. There must be congruency, or consistency between both the messages. Amazing arbitrators should first be extraordinary communicators. Shockingly, different arbiters consider correspondence also as oral or made verbal trades. While the social event is going on this individual isn't despite sitting genuinely on the seat, he is furthermore moving his seat. Generally speaking in get-togethers we have to keep up eye to eye association with the mediator for better observing, anyway, this individual not at all looking arbitrator and he is doing his own specific work. With all one of a kind non-verbal tongue, it's basic to recall here that everybody's very close correspondence is scarcely remarkable. If you see a portion of the consistent non-verbal indications of lying, you should not appallingly convey a rushed judgment, a similar difference in these signs could in like manner be stirred up for the closeness of hysteria. Physical correspondence is the most utilized kind of non-verbal correspondence.


Calero, H. (2008). The power of nonverbal communication. Petaling Jaya: Golden Books Centre.

Siegman, A. W., & Feldstein, S. (Eds.). (2014). Nonverbal behavior and communication. Psychology Press.

Response -2(SaiRam)


Observing people without interacting with them and without their knowledge is called as people watching. It involves trying to guess the story of an unknown individual by picking up clues about them based on their body language. Observations can be made based on three techniques which will help to read people. “Initial technique is to read the body movements, facial expressions, dressing, language, behavior, and way of thinking of the subjects. One should be careful not to make an individual or individuals uncomfortable with watching them too closely” (Peterson, & Leonhardt, 2015). Having a chance to explore this opportunity, I have started watching a male and a female at the bus stop. At the beginning of my observation, I was able to identify the basic movements of facial expression and current emotions of the subjects. The physical movements can also define the characteristics of an individual like crossed legs and arms suggests anger or self-protection, hiding hands would suggest that they are hiding something, biting lips suggests that they are trying to themselves under pressure. From my initial observations at the subjects, the male appears to be aged between 25 to 30 years old, looked deep in thoughts, dressed in formals and carries a laptop bag which indicates that he is a working professional and the female appears to be aged between 18 to 20 years old, looked happy, dressed in casual wear with a bag which indicates that she must be a college student.

The “second technique in observing people is to listen more to your intuitions. Intuitions will let the observer notice the nonverbal information and lets the observer see further” (Shune & Foster, 2017). During this, it would be good to honor the intuitions, pay attention to the flashes of insight and watch for intuitive empathy. In my next stage of observations, I noticed that the male is walking forward and backward talking to someone on the phone trying to explain something in a calm manner even though his facial expressions say that he is frustrated. This says that the man is not happy about talking to the person on the other side of the call. Meanwhile, the female is sitting on the bench relaxed listening to the music with headphones plugged in, chatting and laughing looking at the phone. This indicates that the female is happy and enthusiastic. The third and final technique in reading people would be sensing the emotional energy where you can notice if the subjects are paying attention to the people surrounding them, making an eye contact, feel the handshake, touch or hug and the tone of the voice or laugh. In my next stage of observations, I noticed that the man is not making much eye contact with people around him or not laughing when his eyes meet someone else. Meanwhile, the female keeps looking at the phone as well as the people and she gives a smile when she makes an eye contact with someone. Based on my observations, I would like to conclude that the male is a reserved working professional under some pressure or tension and the female is a college student with friendlier nature and socially confident. 


Peterson, R. T., & Leonhardt, J. M. (2015). The complementary effects of empathy and nonverbal communication training on persuasion capabilities. Administrative Issues Journal: Connecting Education, Practice, And Research, 5(1), 77-88. Retrieved from https://aij.scholasticahq.com/

Shune, S. E., & Foster, K. A. (2017). Goal-directed drinking behaviors can be modified through behavioral mimicry. Journal Of Speech, Language & Hearing Research, 60(6), 1535-1544. Doi:10.1044/2016_JSLHR-S-16-0328

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