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The Effects of Hand Gestures on Psychosocial Perception: A Preliminary Study

  • Augusto Gnisci
  • Antonio Pace
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 26)

Abstract

To date a few studies have experimentally investigated the effects of hand gestures (and frequency) on psychosocial perception. A preliminary study with two experiments were conducted, in which confederates manipulated “Type” (rhythmic gestures, cohesive gestures and self-adaptors for experiment 1; rhythmic gestures, focusing gestures and dynamic gestures for experiment 2) and “Frequency” (low and high) during a face-to-face conversation with the participants. ANOVAs reveal that rhythmic gestures influence positively competence perception but negatively conversational fairness, self-adaptors increase warmth evaluation and high frequency influences positively warmth and dominance perceptions. Hand gestures appear to play a causal role in psychosocial evaluation.

Keywords

Hand gestures Psychosocial perception Preliminary study Rhythmic gestures Cohesive gestures Self-adaptors Frequency 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologySecond University of NaplesCasertaItaly

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