Honors Program

[Honors-in-Discipline (Choose below)], Honors in Communication Studies

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Carrie Oliveira

Thesis Professor Department


Thesis Reader(s)

Amber Kinser, Rebecca Keeler


The goal of the presented research was to examine the relationship between relational satisfaction and nonverbal interpretation during a conflict. Specifically, we hypothesized that participants who reported being dissatisfied with their closest relationship would be more likely to make negative interpretations of facial expressions during a conflict episode. Participants completed a survey that measured their relationship status, level of satisfaction, and interpretations of descriptions of facial expressions being made during a series of conflict scenarios. Developing a better understanding of the role of nonverbal behaviors may help encourage healthier conflict management

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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