Social Intelligence and Nonverbal Communication

  • Robert J. Sternberg
  • Aleksandra Kostić

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Robert J. Sternberg, Avery Siying Li
    Pages 1-20
  3. Ross Buck, Brett Graham, Ryan J. Allred, Roeland Hancock
    Pages 21-49
  4. Judee K. Burgoon, Lauren M. Hamel, J. Pete Blair, Nathan W. Twyman
    Pages 79-117
  5. Mark G. Frank, Anne Solbu
    Pages 119-162
  6. David B. Givens
    Pages 163-189
  7. Terrence G. Horgan
    Pages 191-232
  8. Aleksandra Kostić, Derek Chadee, Jasmina Nedeljković
    Pages 255-281
  9. Ronald E. Riggio, Leslie G. Eaton, David C. Funder
    Pages 333-357
  10. Leslie A. Zebrowitz, Robert G. Franklin Jr.
    Pages 397-426
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 435-440

About this book


“This book on people's wisdom in using and understanding nonverbal communication marks a new level of maturity in the nonverbal field. First we figured out how to measure such ability, then we asked about its correlates, and finally we are asking what it's actually good for. Kudos to the field and to these talented authors!”
- Judith Hall, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Northeastern University, USA

“This book is a ‘must have’ resource for anyone seeking a greater understanding of how we accurately (and inaccurately) send and receive messages. A remarkable cast of distinguished international scholars clearly report the most recent research on a variety of fascinating topics ranging from the evolutionary roots of social intelligence to human-machine interaction.” 
- Mark L. Knapp, Jesse H. Jones Centennial Professor Emeritus and University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, USA

“I wholeheartedly recommend this new compendium of research and theory on the non-verbal communication dimension of social intelligence. This book is essential reading for both academics and laypersons wishing to have a clearer and more profound understanding of modern society as a whole.”
- Philip Zimbardo, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Stanford University, USA and author of The Lucifer Effect

This book offers a comprehensive overview of the latest developments in the social psychology of nonverbal communication. It explores topics including social skill, empathy, adaptive advantage, emotion-reading and emotion-hiding; and examines personal charisma, memory and communicating with robots. Together, the authors present diverse, cutting-edge research on nonverbal social intelligence as an adaptive strategy for survival and success. The collection provides an effective demonstration of the interdisciplinary nature of this topic, and it’s relevance to researchers across the social sciences and beyond. 

Robert J. Sternberg is Professor of Human Development at Cornell University, USA and Honorary Professor of Psychology, University of Heidelberg, Germany. 

Aleksandra Kostić is Retired Professor of Social Psychology at the Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Psychology, University of Niš, Serbia.


Social Intelligence emotional skills emotional intelligence communication skills nonverbal communication interpersonal skills Emotional empathy adaptive intelligence cognitive intelligence Communication of Affect Receiving Ability Test (CARAT) Empathy interpersonal deception theory Language origins Artificial Social Intelligence AI Facial Expressions Social Interactions

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert J. Sternberg
    • 1
  • Aleksandra Kostić
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Human DevelopmentCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.Faculty of Philosophy, Department of PsychologyThe University of NišNišSerbia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-34963-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-34964-6
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