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Profile of non-verbal sensitivity, a test designed to measure ability to decode non-verbal information from the face, body, and voice. It consists of brief film clips of a woman displaying various emotional states, the respondent's task being to identify those states. It was published commercially in 1979 by the German-born US psychologist Robert Rosenthal (born 1933) and several colleagues, who reported that children's PONS scores tend to increase with age, that females tend to score higher than males, and that non-verbal behaviour of strangers tends to be less accurately decoded than that of familiar people. Not to be confused with the pons.

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