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By Gwyneth Doherty-Sneddon

Gwyneth Doherty-Sneddon, a developmental psychologist and the mummy of 2 young ones, demonstrates the way a tender kid's constructing character and intelligence is published via non-verbal verbal exchange. She indicates how mom and dad and different adults have the capability to facilitate a kid's social and highbrow progress via acknowledging and responding to this unstated language.

Taking an in-depth examine 4 of the channels of non-verbal verbal exchange - hand gesture, facial features, eye gaze and contact - this available textual content follows the advance of youngsters from start to overdue fundamental college age. utilizing jargon-free language kid's unstated Language is valuable examining for fogeys and execs alike.

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In addition, more incorrect information was produced in the face-to-face interviews. Video-mediated interviews were therefore more accurate in that they elicited less incorrect information. It appears therefore that both groups of children were less likely to guess when unsure of an answer in the video link interviews. Age had a significant effect on how resistant children were to misleading questions, with older children more resistant than younger children. More interesting for the current study was that this age difference was evident only in the face-to-face interviews where the six-year-olds disagreed with the adult 47 per cent of the time, and the ten-year-olds dis- 42 / CHILDREN’S UNSPOKEN LANGUAGE agreed 81 per cent of the time.

3. Avoid getting angry or irritated with a child when you are trying to extract information as this is extremely counterproductive. In doing so you will reduce your affiliative signals and increase your dominance cues. For example, you are likely to frown and stare the child down. This will be intimidating for the child, greatly reducing his ability to express himself effectively. 4. Observe the child’s interactions with other people. There is generally a ‘settling in’ period when children meet someone they are unfamiliar with.

A number of studies illustrate that in many ways they do not. For example, I have found that with adults video-mediated conversations do not carry the same efficiency benefits as had previously 38 / CHILDREN’S UNSPOKEN LANGUAGE been found for face-to-face interactions (Doherty-Sneddon et al. 1997). The superiority of face-to-face communication over audio-only interaction is described in Chapter 3. So if live links decrease access to important information, we might expect a reduction in evidence quality.

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