Nonverbal Aspects of Attraction

  • Richard Heslin
  • Miles L. Patterson
Part of the Perspectives in Social Psychology book series (PSPS)


Why do some people like other people? Vonnegut’s (1965, p. 74) Elliott Rosewater was liked because of his goodness and helpfulness. Other people are liked for different reasons, the major ones being that they (1) satisfy some need of the person who likes them, (2) they are similar to that person, (3) they are desirable or attractive, or (4) they are close at hand. Before we discuss the role of nonverbal behavior, we will first summarize major conclusions from attraction research, as collected into these four categories.


Facial Expression Sexual Arousal Nonverbal Behavior Pupillary Dilation Physical Attractiveness 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Heslin
    • 1
  • Miles L. Patterson
    • 2
  1. 1.Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.University of MissouriSt. LouisUSA

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