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Zak Witkower

Graduate Student

I research how nonverbal behaviors (e.g., facial expressions and body movements) are used to express and interpret emotion, personality, and social status. Recently, I have been exploring whether distinct nonverbal behaviors are associated with distinct forms of social rank, along with the visual mechanisms observers utilize to form their perceptions of social rank (i.e., the Action Unit Imposter effect). I am also interested in whether the nonverbal communication of emotion and social rank is evolved or culturally constructed, and whether nonverbal expressions facilitate our ability to influence the behavior of others.

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