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Nonverbal behavior in assessment centers : Towards new research methodology

(2015)
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Studies of nonverbal behavior usually use manual coding which impedes research efficiency. This study proposes new digital technology to measure nonverbal behavior in social interactions automatically. We examine the relative importance of nonverbal behaviors in comparison to verbal impression management tactics in predicting assessment ratings. Last-year master students (N = 109) participated in a role play assessment center exercise and were rated on four dimensions. Automated coding of nonverbal behavior only showed reliable results for gesturing. Therefore, only this automated measurement was used in analyses, together with the manual coding of other nonverbal features and impression management tactics. Results showed that nonverbal behaviors were highly correlated, suggesting a behavioral synchronization. Impression management tactics were significantly related to assessment ratings. However, there was no relationship between the nonverbal behaviors and the assessment center skills, after controlling for assertive and defensive impression management tactics.

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Corneillie, Elias, Eveline Schollaert, Filip Lievens, and Frederik Anseel. 2015. “Nonverbal Behavior in Assessment Centers : Towards New Research Methodology.” In .
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Corneillie, E., Schollaert, E., Lievens, F., & Anseel, F. (2015). Nonverbal behavior in assessment centers : Towards new research methodology. Presented at the Fourth Annual Nonverbal Preconference.
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Corneillie E, Schollaert E, Lievens F, Anseel F. Nonverbal behavior in assessment centers : Towards new research methodology. 2015.
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Corneillie, Elias, Eveline Schollaert, Filip Lievens, et al. “Nonverbal Behavior in Assessment Centers : Towards New Research Methodology.” 2015. Print.
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  abstract     = {Studies of nonverbal behavior usually use manual coding which impedes research efficiency.  This study proposes new digital technology to measure nonverbal behavior in social interactions automatically. We examine the relative importance of nonverbal behaviors in comparison to verbal impression management tactics in predicting assessment ratings. Last-year master students (N = 109) participated  in a role play assessment center exercise and were rated on four dimensions. Automated coding  of nonverbal behavior only showed reliable results for gesturing. Therefore, only this automated measurement was used in analyses, together with the manual coding of other nonverbal features and impression management tactics. Results showed that nonverbal behaviors were highly correlated, suggesting a behavioral synchronization. Impression management tactics were significantly related to assessment ratings. However, there was no relationship between the nonverbal behaviors and the assessment center skills, after controlling for assertive and defensive impression management tactics. },
  author       = {Corneillie, Elias and Schollaert, Eveline and Lievens, Filip and Anseel, Frederik},
  location     = {Long Beach},
  title        = {Nonverbal behavior in assessment centers : Towards new research methodology},
  year         = {2015},
}