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Zak Witkower

Graduate Student

My research is centered around nonverbal communication. 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 during social interactions. Currently, I am analyzing whether the nonverbal behaviors displayed during distinct emotional experiences are also used by observers to infer these distinct emotion experiences in others. Furthermore, I am interested in how the impressions formed from nonverbal behavior can have implications for downstream decision-making. For example, if an observer infers high status from the nonverbal behavior of others, will these perceptions influence how they behave towards the displayer? If so, do individuals know that their behavior is driven by the nonverbal displays they are observing?

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