This sourcebook provides students and researchers with tools for studying communication behaviors through direct observation. It covers both cutting-edge and well-established systems, measurements, and procedures, as well as detailed information on measurement selection, coding, reliability assessment, and analysis.
An emphasis on observable aspects of behavior grounds readers in the identifiable features of interpersonal and relational interactions for effective application to research.
Practical guidance on applying measurement systems to actual research allows researchers to immediately use the measures and techniques in their own research.
Contributions by many of the most well-known and accomplished experts in conducting observational research on social interaction inspire readers to undertake their own original research.
Reviews of published research put the measures in a theoretical context and provide readers with exemplars for their own research.
Examples of behaviors (verbal and nonverbal) and how they are represented in the measure or category system help users understand the "meaning" of the categories and their application to actual data.
Part 1: Reviews of Behavioral Measures in Selected Domains of Study: Contexts and Modes of Behavior Chapter 1: Observing Interpersonal Conflict - Daniel J. Canary Chapter 2: Observing Family Communication - Heather E. Canary Chapter 3: Analyzing Video and Audio Nonverbal Dynamics. Kinesics, Proxemics, Haptics, and Vocalics - Judee K. Burgoon, Norah E. Dunbar, and Aaron Elkins Chapter 4: Physiological Outcomes of Communication Behavior - Amanda Denes, Tamara D. Afifi, and Colin Hesse Part 2: Specific Observational Research Systems Chapter 5: Conceptualizing and Operationalizing Nonverbal Immediacy - Laura K. Guerrero Chapter 6: The Relational Linking System and Other Systems for Studying Self-Presentation (Self-Disclosure), Acceptance-Rejection, and Confirmation-Disconfirmation - C. Arthur VanLear and Lesley Withers Chapter 7: Relational Communication Control - L. Edna Rogers and Jennifer Cummings Chapter 8: Comforting Messages Category System - Wendy Samter and Erina MacGeorge Chapter 9: Microanalysis of Face-to-face Dialogue: An Inductive Approach - Janet Bavelas, Jennifer Gerwing, Sara Healing, and Christine Tomori Chapter 10: The Conversational Argument Coding System - David R. Seibold and Harry Weger, Jr. Chapter 11: Automated Video-based Analysis of Facial Expressions in Schizophrenia - Jihun Hamm, Christian Kohler, Ruben Gur, and Ragini Verma Part 3: General Issues Regarding Methods and Measures of Observational Research Chapter 12: Coding Observed Interaction - Alan L. Sillars and Nickola C. Overall Chapter 13: Reliability and Validity in the Measurement of Social Interaction - Marshall Scott Poole and Dean E. Hewes Chapter 14: Modeling and Analyzing Behaviors and the Dynamics of Behavioral Interaction - C. Arthur VanLear Chapter 15: Modeling Behavioral Interaction as a Nonlinear Dynamical System: Cross-recurrence Quantification Analysis - Tehran J. Davis