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Intro to Communication, Study Guide for Test 1

by: Rebecca Smith

Intro to Communication, Study Guide for Test 1 CO 1013

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These notes cover everything that will be on the test and includes notes from chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8
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Intro to Communication Study Guide Test 1 Chapter 1- Communication Basics Needs met by Communication  Instrumental (everyday) needs  Spiritual needs  Identity needs  Relational needs  Physical needs Communication Models  Action Model Sender: encode  Message through a channel Receiver: decode (noise) o Two people involved o Two types of noise  Physical  Actual sound  Psychological  Daydreaming, worried, hungry, mind  Interaction Model Sender: encode Message through a channel  Receiver: decode Context (noise)  Feedback  (noise) o Adds context (setting or previous interaction)  Transaction Model Sender/Receiver: encode Message through a channel  Receiver/Sender: decode (noise)  Feedback  (noise) Context o Adds conversation in both directions simultaneously Chapter 4- Language Arbitrary Nature  Arbitrary o No real, meaningful connection o Meaning comes from how people use it Layers of Meaning  Denotative o Definition o Literal  Connotative o Association o Feeling  Semantic triangle  Loaded language Ways we use and abuse  Humor  Euphemisms  Slang (jargon)  Defamation (libel and slander)  Profanity  Hate speech Chapter 2- Culture Culture vs. Co-Cultures  Mutual interests or characteristics other than national citizenship  Age, religion, sexual orientation  Activities, major, physical abilities Effects on Communication  Individualistic o All about self  Collectivistic o People don’t want to stand out  Low-context o Prefer direct communication  High-context o Context plays big role  Low-power distance o Close to people of power  High power distance o Used to great distance between people with power and the subordinates  Masculine o Very defined roles of genders  Feminine o Position of genders is based on skills not pre-designed roles  Monochronic o Very punctual o Sees time as valuable  Polychronic o More fluid and relaxed o Relationships are more important than being on time  Uncertainty avoidance o Deals with comfort level of ambiguity o High- want to avoid it o Low- more comfortable with questions Chapter 3- Perception and Self-Concept Self-Serving Bias  Errors in explaining our own behavior  Success o Stable, internal causes o It’s all because of me  Failure o Unstable, external causes o It’s not my fault  We extend this to our loved ones too Fundamental Attribution Error  Attributing behavior to internal causes instead of external  Crediting or blaming who a person is rather than the situation they’re in  Community service because o We think: Nice people o But really it’s a class requirement  Taking server long time because o We think: Older, slower o But really they’re covering someone else’s shift too Johari Window  We define ourselves in many ways  The Johari Window illustrates this open blind hidden unknown Self-Fulfilling Prophecy  A prediction that cause us to act in ways that make it come true  “I’m shy” than isolating yourself from others Identity management  Face o Our desired public image  Face needs and face threats  Our image is collaborative o We don’t get to decide what our image is o Others accept is or they don’t  It is complex o Our image needs can conflict Chapter 6- Listening Listening vs. Hearing  It’s not the same as hearing o Physical process o Perceiving sound waves o Not optional o You don’t have to want to hear to actually do it  Listening o Making meaning from another person’s spoken message o Though rare, we can “listen” without actually hearing o You have to want to listen Types of Listening  Informational o Listening to learn  Critical o Purpose of evaluating/analyzing  Empathic o Trying to identify with a person  Inspirational o Keynote speakers o Sermons  Appreciative o Music o Stand-up comedy o Sound machine Barriers to Effective Listening  Noise o Physical o Psychological o Distracts you  Information overload o Too much information being received  Glazing over o Like daydreaming o Hearing but the mind is wandering  Pseudo-listening o Hide the fact that you’re not listening  Rebuttal tendency o Instead of listening to whole message, you are already thinking of what to say next  Competitive interrupting o Trying to dominate conversation  Close-mindedness o Not being open to other’s opinions Chapter 5- Nonverbal Communication All different types of nonverbal communication  Physical appearance o Judge each other on how they look  Face displays o Shows emotion  Eye behaviors o Used to show attraction, credibility, and intimidation  Movements and gestures o Use body language and gesticulation to communicate  Touch behaviors o Different types of touch from affection to aggressive  Space o People have personal bubbles  Time o Whoever controls time has the power  Smell o Tied to memories and sexual attraction  Artifacts o Objects can communicate common interests  Vocal behaviors o Emphasis on how you say things Chapter 7- Social Relationships Attraction Theory  How/why we are attracted to certain people and not others  There’s different forms of attraction  Physical attraction o You admire clothes and vibes  Social attraction o You like their personality o Get along with the way they make us feel  Task attraction o You like what they can do for you  Similarity o Similar interests and backgrounds  Complementarity o Opposites attract  Proximity o Near-by people  Cyberattraction o Like online traits Uncertainty Reduction Theory  What are we uncertain about? o How person thinks or behaves  Uncertainty is unpleasant and uneasy so we try it reduce it o By learning about them  We use many different strategies o Passive  Notice and observe them o Active  Ask others about them o Interactive  Talk and ask questions to them  Reduced uncertainty= liking the person? o Not always true Social Exchange Theory  We want the benefits to outweigh the costs Comparison level: your relationship versus what you expect More than expected Less than expected Comparison level of Better than Happy, stable Unhappy, stable alternatives: you alternatives relationship versus Worse than Happy, maybe Unhappy, unstable other options alternatives unstable Equity Theory  We want to benefit equally  Good relationships= partners have equal ratio of positives and negatives/ gives and takes Social Penetration Theory  Breadth o How great are the variety of topics  Depth o Know core level of topics not just surface  Good relationships= both breadth and depth of topics are covered and known Self-Disclosure  Varies among relationships  Usually reciprocal  Culture and gender play a role  Benefits o Intimacy o Support o Connection  Risks o Black mail o Vulnerability Chapter 8- Intimate Relationships Knapp’s Model of Relational Development  “coming together” o Initiating  When you first meet someone  You feel nervous  Tells you if you want to continue/pursue the relationship further o Experimenting  Try to find common ground  Can take long time  A lot of relationships never go past this step o Intensifying  Start to gently challenge other’s point of view  Might develop nicknames, inside jokes, do favors, or buy gifts  Express level of commitment (value relationship) o Integrating  You and other people see the couple as a unit o Bonding  Make outward public commitment about staying together  Very few relationships get to this stage  “Coming apart” o Differentiating  Start to notice all the differences  Doesn’t have to be negative o Circumscribing  Avoiding topics that will cause fights  Keep with safe topics  Ignoring problems o Stagnating  Stop communicating  Feel distanced, misconnected  Living lives independent of each other  Not moving forward or breaking up  This stage can last a long time o Avoiding  Physically avoiding each other  Purposefully scheduling things  Sleeping in separate rooms o Terminating  Both get hurt at different points  Use 3 party to help process it Issues in Romantic Relationships  Communication issues o Conflict  Can be good sometimes o Privacy  Hard to navigate what to tell to others and what not to tell o Emotional communication  How much positive and negative aspects  Gottman found the perfect 5:1 ratio  For every 1 negative there needs to be 5 positive interactions to overcome  This ratio produces a happy, stable relationship  Four Horsemen of Apocalypse o If a relationship reaches these points then it can’t get better o Criticism  Attacking person negatively o Contempt  Disgust with the other person o Defensiveness  Always playing the victim  Not owning responsibilities o Stonewalling  Completely shutting out the other person


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