CUP Undergraduate Research


A Word-Person Talks Body Language: Nonverbal Communication in Society

Date of Award

Spring 4-1-2012

Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis


College of Theology, Arts, & Sciences



Degree Name

English, BA

First Advisor

Ceiridwen Terrill, Ph.D.


Research has shown that 97 percent of all communication is nonverbal. Of that 97 percent, 55 is body language in the form of gestures, facial expressions, personal space, and the like; the other 38 percent is made up of voice rhythm, tone, volume, and so on (Millar 2008). This statistic, while revealing, is often ignored among the general population. Research into several different aspects of society, including scientific articles, self-help books, popular magazines, and personal observation, has proven helpful in showing the impact of nonverbal communication. The purpose of these articles is to expose the pervasiveness of nonverbal communication, specifically body language, and its consequences for society today.

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