COMM 320: Nonverbal Communication
Analysis Paper #1:
Using Nonverbal Communication Theory
- You are to obtain a scholarly article that uses a theory
as the basis for a study of nonverbal communication. Read the
article, making sure you fully understand it, and address the paper
assignment described below. The theory may be one that we have
covered in this or any Communication course; the study may be
related to any aspect of nonverbal communication.
- This analysis paper should be
3-4 pages long and must
adhere to APA format guidelines, including proper citations for
any sources cited in the paper.
- This paper is due on
Monday, September 22 and is worth 100
Obtain and read a scholarly journal article that reports on the application of a theory
to nonverbal communication research, and write a paper that addresses the following questions.
You may wish to consult another source about the theory if it is unfamiliar to
you, or if there is not sufficient background provided in the article in order
to adequately discuss the theory in the paper.
IMPORTANT NOTE: None of the articles used for the theory-related Research
Article Discussions may be used for this assignment by any student. Also, if you
presented your Research Article Discussion on one of the theories, you must
select an article that deals with a different theory.
In a well-organized paper,
- What is the main idea behind the theory, and what are the major
variables and the relationships between them, as stated in this theory?
- How did the study you found use this theory? (e.g., was it
used as the basis for a hypothesis that led to a study to test that hypothesis?)
Talk about how the theory guided their approach.
- Given what you now know about the theory and one study that used
it, formulate a hypothesis based on one of the predictions implied by this
theory and describe a study you could conduct in order to test your hypothesis.
This study must be centrally related to nonverbal communication.
- Discuss the value of such research, if it were to be conducted,
both in terms of contributions to our scholarly understanding of the theory
as well as practical applications. We know that theory is the basis
for research, which in turn can further clarify/improve the theory – talk
about this relationship as you address this last part of the assignment.
Your 3-4 page Analysis Paper must adhere to
APA format guidelines.
It should follow good paper format, with a separate introduction, well-organized
body, and brief conclusion.
Be sure you have read and understood the theory and the scholarly
journal article you have selected before attempting to write this Analysis
Avoid use of direct quotations unless they are short and absolutely
necessary. The vast majority of this Analysis Paper should be in your own
words so I can be sure you have understood what you’ve read and what you’ve
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