The architecture of these modern dating paradigms reduces the human courtship process from weeks or days to minutes or seconds.
With less time, people make rapid judgments about a person’s worth based on limited information (9, 10).
Contractive, closed postures involve limbs held close to the torso and minimization of occupied space by collapsing the body inward (15).
These postures likely hold signal value only to perceivers, because research has failed to replicate effects suggesting that expansive postures cause people to feel and behave more powerfully (16).
By sharing in a relationship partner’s social, psychological, physical, and monetary resources, a person can fulfill a number of goals, including establishing intimate social connections (1), satisfying one’s sex drive (2), complying with societal norms of casual dating (3), and reproduction (4).
In recent decades, psychologists have made considerable progress in identifying nonverbal behaviors associated with romantic attraction.
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Similarly, head nods, genuine smiles (i.e., Duchenne smiles), gestures, and leaning forward are associated with more self-reported feelings of love among long-term committed relationship partners (8).Our research suggests that a nonverbal dominance display increases a person’s chances of being selected as a potential mate.