Part B

Analyzing Behavior

After all observations have been completed, combine the data from all of the groups in your class. Analyze the data, without regard to gender.

a. Determine the most common stance during the first 15 seconds of a conversation, the middle 15 seconds, and the last 15 seconds. Make a bar graph to summarize the class data.

b. Find the average number of weight shifts in the beginning, middle, and end intervals. Make a bar graph to summarize the class data.

8. Repeat step 7, but analyze the data according to gender this time.

9. Compile the data and make bar graphs for each of the following: males talking with a male, males talking with a female, females talking with a male, and females talking with a female. Compare these graphs with the ones you made in step 7.

Analysis and Conclusions

1. Which stance was used most often during a conversation?

2. Based on your observations, which behavior most often signals that a conversation is about to end: stance change or weight shift?

3. Do males and females differ in their departure signals? If so, describe the differences you observed. Justify your conclusion.

4. What do you think might be an adaptive significance of a departure signal?

5. What other behaviors did you observe that were forms of nonverbal communication? Propose a reason for each type of behavior. Justify your answer.

Further Inquiry

Write a new question about animal behavior. Propose an experiment that you could use to answer your question. Identify the animal that you think would be best for your study and justify your reason for choosing it.

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