In my study had 5 participants who are students at Kapitolyo High School . They resulted from a convenient sample through the student email database. Three were females and two were males. The age range was 16 to 18 with an average of 18. The majority (80%) of theparticipants identified themselves of white ethnicity. Three participants were multiracial.
I conduct own videos of a person speaking about an emotional event. In one video their nonverbal and verbal communication matches and in two others their emotional state demonstrated by the two types of communication contradict. In the first video, the actor expresses the emotion of happiness and excitement verbally, but nonverbally exhibits the emotion of dread and contemptibility. It is a 52 second clip where the actor is speaking on the phone with his girlfriend. She is asking him to go to spin class with her mother, pick up pads for her, and eating brussel sprouts for dinner. He tells her that everything sounds good and that he can’t wait to take part in all of it, but his body languag shows differently. He puts his hand on his head and rolls his eyes multiple times. In the second video, the actor verbally expresses excitement and positivity, but expresses anger and annoyance nonverbally. It isapproximately a 2 minutes 11 seconds long clip where the actor is a basketball player at a press conference where he is being switched to a different team. One of his classmate asking him questions about how he feels about it all and what he is looking forward to in his new city. He always looks away from the camera, not making eye contact and barely moves his body while he is talking, showing no excitement. In the final video, both the actor’s verbal and nonverbal communication is that of excitement and happiness. It is approximately a 2 minute 50 seconds long clip where the actor is talking about watching Pretty Little Liars. He moves his arms around wildly with excitement, smiles, and talks about how much he enjoyed the show. We created our own survey. The survey is composed of 49 questions.
Four questions related to the participants’ demographic information. Fortyfive questions related to the provided videos. The participants looked at seven different emotions (happiness, sadness, anger, disgust, fear, surprise, contempt) and rate each one for each of the three situations acted out in the video on a Likert scale of 1 to 7 (not at all to completely). Participants also rated the type of communication (verbal or nonverbal) that most strongly expressed the motion using a Likert scale of 1 to 7 with 1 being verbal and 7 bering nonverbal. The third type of question was an openended question in which participants explained exactly what made them make these judgments for each of the seven emotions.
The purpose of these questions was to see which type of communication the participant is most affected by. The open ended questions simply help us understand the participants’ perceptions of their reasons for their responses.