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Nonverbal Communication Quiz

Can you answer these questions about nonverbal communication?

 Take the Nonverbal Communication Quiz to see if you know the answers to questions about emotions, expressions, gestures, and other nonverbal communication.

1. A type of smile which engages both the muscles which raise the lip corners as well as those that raise the cheeks and produce wrinkling around the eyes. It is considered a sign of genuine enjoyment.

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2. Emotional information that we unintentionally express through our nonverbal communication which can be helpful in detecting deception.

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3. This is the briefest of all the emotions, lasting only a few seconds at most.

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4. A type of gesture (often unconscious) in which one body part (usually the hand) touches or moves another body part (the other hand, hair, some part of the face or an object).

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5. A type of gesture that occurs during speech- tracing the flow of thought, providing emphasis, making an action the speech is referring to, showing a spatial relationship or drawing a picture in the air. The type shown varies across cultures and the frequency of use varies across individuals.

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6. The evolutionary function of this emotion is to avoid or reduce harm to oneself or someone/something one cares about.

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7. Very brief facial expressions, lasting only a fraction of a second.

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8. This is the only emotion which is displayed with a unilateral facial expression.

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9. A feeling that occurs when successful liars get away with a lie and take pleasure in their accomplishment.

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10. Guidelines we learn in the course of growing up about when, how, and to whom it is appropriate to show our emotional expressions.

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11. This emotion produces a universal facial expression which signals that something is offensive or revolting.

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12. The facial expression of this emotion often includes the eyebrows being pulled down and together and the lips being pressed tightly together.

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13. The author of "The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals", a seminal work that explored biological aspects of emotional life and inspired and influenced Dr. Ekman's work.

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14. Bodily movements that have a precise meaning known by all members of an ethnic group, sub-culture, or culture. They typically signal messages just as deliberately and consciously as the words that are spoken.

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15. A universal trigger for this emotion is the loss of a valued person or object.

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Nonverbal Communication
Novice Noticer

Looks like you've got some more studying to do! Check out our educational resources about universal emotions and facial expressions, and learn to spot micro expressions with our online training tools.
Intermediate Identifier

You're on your way to becoming a savvy communicator! You can continue to hone your nonverbal communication skills by learning to spot micro expression with our online training tools.
Confident Communicator

Well done! You've been very observant of the emotions, gestures and expressions of others. You can continue to hone your nonverbal communication skills by learning to spot micro expression with our online training tools.

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Paul Ekman is a well-known psychologist and co-discoverer of micro expressions. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine in 2009. He has worked with many government agencies, domestic and abroad. Dr. Ekman has compiled over 50 years of his research to create comprehensive training tools to read the hidden emotions of those around you.

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