Singapore University of Social Sciences

Psychology of Nonverbal Behaviours

Psychology of Nonverbal Behaviours (PSY373)


Communication is believed to be mostly nonverbal and only a small percentage of communication is what is actually said. Nonverbal behaviours reveal who we are and how we perceive others. By understanding key components of nonverbal behaviours like tone of voice and body language, students can develop essential skills to enhance their communication skills and understand the motivations, intentions, and behaviours of people better.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JAN


  • Understanding nonverbal behaviours
  • Facial expressions
  • Tone of voice
  • Gestures and body language
  • Deception
  • Nonverbal behaviours and the polygraph
  • Interpersonal skills and nonverbal behaviours
  • Persuasion and nonverbal behaviours
  • Applications of nonverbal behaviours: Law enforcement
  • Applications of nonverbal behaviours: Security
  • Applications of nonverbal behaviours: Consumer research
  • Applications of nonverbal behaviours: Medical practice

Learning Outcome

  • Analyse the role of nonverbal behaviours in understanding motivations, intentions, and behaviours
  • Recognise the importance of nonverbal communication in a variety of context
  • Appraise key research approaches and theoretical perspectives in nonverbal behaviours
  • Identify nonverbal behaviours quickly, accurately, and reliably across different social contexts
  • Analyse the literature on nonverbal communication
  • Apply the theories and concepts of nonverbal behaviours to improve communication in different social settings
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