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Zak Witkower

Graduate Student

My research is centered around nonverbal communication, emotion expression, and social perception. Specifically, I am interested in the nonverbal behaviors (e.g., facial expressions and body movements) that are used to express and interpret emotion and personality information. Currently, I am analyzing the nonverbal behaviors used to communicate social status, along with the visual mechanisms observers use to form perceptions of social status after they are exposed to these nonverbal behaviors. I am also interested in how the impressions formed from nonverbal behavior can have implications for downstream decision-making in the form of aggressive behavior and social influence.

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