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03-16-2011

Nonverbal Communication: What Are We Really Saying? at Clarkson University Science Cafe March 23

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“Nonverbal Communication: What Are We Really Saying?” is the topic of a discussion by Clarkson University Psychology Professor Tina R. Norton at the next Science Cafe at La Casbah, 6 Elm Street in Potsdam, on Wednesday, March 23, at 7:15 p.m.

Although much of theTina Norton communication that occurs in social interactions is verbal -- what we actually say to each other -- we convey as much or even more information without words. Nonverbal behaviors such as facial expressions or body language can be used as a substitute for words or may provide additional cues in an interaction. At times these nonverbal cues may even contradict the words we say, such as tone of voice when we are being sarcastic.

Join Norton as she discusses aspects of nonverbal communication, and become a keen observer of these subtle -- and not so subtle -- hints to what people are really saying.

Science Cafes bring together engineers, scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, such as coffeehouses and pubs. The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.

Find out more about Clarkson's Science Cafe at http://www.clarkson.edu/sciencecafe.

E-mail Daniel ben-Avraham at ScienceCafe@clarkson.edu with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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