Original Paper

Journal of Nonverbal Behavior

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 149-180

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Psychosocial Correlates of Interpersonal Sensitivity: A Meta-Analysis

  • Judith A. HallAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, 125 NI, Northeastern University Email author 
  • , Susan A. AndrzejewskiAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, 125 NI, Northeastern University
  • , Jennelle E. YopchickAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, 125 NI, Northeastern University

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This meta-analysis examines how interpersonal sensitivity (IS), defined as accurate judgment or recall of others’ behavior or appearance, is related to psychosocial characteristics of the perceiver, defined as personality traits, social and emotional functioning, life experiences, values, attitudes, and self-concept. For 215 independent studies reported in 96 published sources, higher IS was generally associated with favorable or adaptive psychosocial functioning. Significant mean correlations were found for 27 of the 40 categories of psychosocial variables; these categories covered many different personality traits, indicators of mental health, and social and work-related competencies. Moreover, many additional studies that fell outside these conceptual categories also showed significant positive relations between IS and numerous other psychosocial variables. Taken together, the results support the construct validity of IS tests and demonstrate that IS is associated with many important aspects of personal and social functioning.


Interpersonal sensitivity Accuracy Nonverbal communication Personality Psychosocial Meta-analysis