Our products and services are built upon a solid foundation of research. While the amount of available academic research in the field is extensive, many questions still go unanswered. The Nonverbal Group is strongly committed to finding answers. We fund or conduct at least one study on nonverbal communication each month. We are also happy to help with research grants. Our research is available to the public: we share our video archives with academic institutions and other research groups. You can find summaries of our research on this page, as well as more detailed descriptions on our blog.
In winter 2009, we set up a study in downtown Manhattan that proved to be incredibly interesting and telling. We rented out a restaurant and rigged it with several cameras and audio equipment. Then we posted an ad on Craig’s List and played matchmaker, setting up 10 mock first dates. We created a scenario in which two people who had never before interacted had a 35-minute conversation. We then took the footage and broke it down, while coding for nonverbal signs of attraction, interest, boredom, offense, and more. After studying the verbal interactions, we mapped out the conversations, determining which topics were most engaging and which ones less so. read more…..READ MORE ABOUT The blind dates ON OUR BLOG
In spring 2010, we rented a space at the W Hotel and set up a series of videotaped interviews. Our participants thought that they were simply answering questions about their first date experiences. However, our goal was two-fold. After asking them a wide range of questions as well as recording their first date stories and preferences, we coded the interviews for nonverbal behavior. In the end, we broke down each piece of footage for nonverbal cues of deception, discomfort, interest, and boredom. read more…..READ MORE ABOUT The interviews ON OUR BLOG
While a lot of our research is conducted through recording and analyzing video footage, we also gained substantial insight by watching and taking notes on human interaction. Our observations are ongoing, and we try to observe at least one situation every month. We usually ask men and women where and when they are going on a previously set-up first date. Then we follow and observe them without their partner’s knowledge. These observations are highly informative and answer a lot of questions that cannot be answered by more traditional methods. read more…..READ MORE ABOUT Observational research ON OUR BLOG
Detecting deception is without a doubt one of the more difficult subjects to study nonverbally. In summer 2011, we will be conducting four independent studies, as well as testing one of our methods for deception detection. Research in this topic often requires a level of deception in itself that many academic institutions find difficult for board approval. Fortunately, we are self-funded and managed, allowing The Nonverbal Group to conduct a wide range of studies throughout New York City. Our studies will take a close look at how eye movement, blink rate, heartbeat, and “figity” behavior can be used to detect deception. If you are interested in becoming a participant, please contact us. read more…..READ MORE ABOUT Detecting Deception ON OUR BLOG