decoding ability

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See also communication competence; receiver skills.

1. Sometimes a synonym for competence in reading.

2. A receiver's competence in establishing a preferred meaning for a message by applying social and textual codes that are appropriate to the context.

3. Competence in identifying behavioural cues (primarily nonverbal) in interpersonal relations, especially in relation to emotional expression and deception. The majority of studies have shown that women tend to be better than men at decoding both emotional cues and deception.

Subjects: Media Studies.

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