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Ross Buck, The Communication of Emotion, The Guilford Press, 1984

SEGMENTATION PATTERN OF AN INTERACTION BETWEEN A WOMAN AND A MAN

 

This [segmentation] technique involves asking raters to press a button when, in their opnion, "something meaningful" occurs in the stream of behavior, and that raters tend to agree about the location of these "meaningful" points.

Reuben Baron, Kathleen Reardon, and I, with several students, are currently analyzing a videotape of a short (3-minute) interaction between a woman and a man. Students segmented the videotape in several conditions; that is, they were told to attend to either the man or the woman, or both interactants, and the former could see the other interactant in one condition but not in another. Figure [at right] illustrates the segmentation pattern that has resulted. It is interesting that the ability to see the other interactant had very little effect upon the segmentation pattern. That is, the segmentation pattern for those segmenting the woman's behavior was similar whether or not the man was hidden from view.