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Using Thin Slices to Investigate Impression Formation and to Measure Interpersonal Behavior From Recorded Social Interactions

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By: Published: 2018 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2
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This case study describes the process by which I used thin slices to investigate first impressions and how thin slices can be used to measure expressive, nonverbal behavior from a recorded social interaction. First, the thin-slice methodology is defined and described, and then I detail behavioral coding and reliability techniques. I also explain the process of publishing two specific papers whereby the reliability and validity of the thin-slice methodology to measure nonverbal behavior were systematically investigated. At the end, I offer a few words of wisdom for beginning researchers interested in using thin slices to examine social interaction processes.

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