This research was supported by Grant No. MH20286 from the National Institute of Mental Health. Portions of this paper were presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, 1974, with Larry J. Bayer as second author. The author wishes to acknowledge the assistance and suggestions given by Drs. John Carrol, Raymond Guydosh, and William Leaf in the research reported in this paper. Requests for reprints should be sent to the author at Communication Division U-85C, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut 06268.
A TEST OF NONVERBAL RECEIVING ABILITY: PRELIMINARY STUDIES1
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Human Communication Research
Volume 2, Issue 2, pages 162–171, December 1976
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BUCK, R. (1976), A TEST OF NONVERBAL RECEIVING ABILITY: PRELIMINARY STUDIES. Human Communication Research, 2: 162–171. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2958.1976.tb00708.x
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This paper describes the development and preliminary studies of a test of the ability to decode affect in others. Items are videotaped sequences showing spontaneous unposed facial expressions and gestures of college student “senders” to emotionally-loaded color slides. Subjects make judgments about what kind of slide elicited the affect and how pleasant or unpleasant the sender's subjective response was. Satisfactory test-retest reliability was demonstrated for the former kind of judgment but not the latter. There was evidence that females are slightly better receivers than males, and business and fine arts majors are relatively good receivers while science majors are relatively poor.