Fundamentals of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication and the Biometric Issue

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Editors
Esposito, A., Bratanic, M., Keller, E., Marinaro, M.
Pub. date
May 2007
Pages
372
Binding
hardcover
Volume
18 of NATO Security through Science Series - E: Human and Societal Dynamics
ISBN print
978-1-58603-733-8
Subject
Life & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences
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The main theme of this publication is the fundamental features of verbal and nonverbal communication and their relationships with the identification of a person, his/her socio-cultural background and personal traits. The problem of understanding human behaviour in terms of personal traits, and the possibility of an algorithmic implementation that exploits personal traits to identify a person unambiguously, are among the great challenges of modern science and technology. On the one hand, there is the theoretical question of what makes each individual unique among all others that share similar traits, and what makes a culture unique among various cultures. On the other hand, there is the technological need to be able to protect people from individual disturbance and dangerous behaviour that could damage an entire community.
As regards to the problem of understanding human behaviour, one of the most interesting research areas is that related to human interaction and face-to-face communication. It is in this context that knowledge is shared and personal traits acquire their significance.