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In the news: between Feb. 9 - Feb. 16, 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in the media between Feb.9 and Feb. 12, 2015

Study offers new take on flirting science - MSN.com 

Even during a brief conversation, strangers reveal their attraction for one another in their own special way, according to researchers at the University of Kansas.

"Researchers have long known that many verbal and nonverbal behaviors are linked to underlying attraction, but this is the first study to show that different ways of communicating attraction reveal a person's flirting style," says Jeffrey Hall, associate professor of communication studies.

After a number of experiments and research, Hall and his team coded 36 flirting behaviors, both verbal and non-verbal.

"We're really bad at detecting if people are flirting with us," Hall said. "We're great at knowing when they're not interested. But the reason we're bad at seeing when they are interested is people show it in such a variety of ways."

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