The function of nonverbal communication in human courtship











This session will examine the nonverbal communication which is displayed in human romantic relationship initiation.


Unless we are very bold, we don't just walk up to someone and ask for sex.  Rather, most of us engage in well established scripts for this purpose, which in psychology means an idea of what we think or expect should happen in a certain situation.  These scripts are often nonverbal displays where we use for example our eyes, faces, body orientation and gestures.


In addition, this session will provide some insights into the psychology behind the types of ‘opening lines’ people use in attempted relationship initiation, and further will examine the function of self disclosure and touch in sexual flirtation.


The session concludes by looking at differences between males and females in what they seek in a romantic partner.

Dr Martin Graff is Reader in Psychology at the University of South Wales.  He is an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Chartered Psychologist.  Over the years he has carried out research in the areas of cognitive processes in Internet use and also the formation and dissolution of romantic relationships online and offline.  He has also carried out research in the areas of online persuasion, and online disinhibition, and has supervised several doctoral degrees in this area.  In April 2013, he was invited as a visiting research professor to Cortland University, New York, USA April 2013.  Dr Graff has published widely in the field of Internet behaviour, and has a blog with Psychology Today.  He has also presented this work at numerous International Conferences.