Interpersonal Communication

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-04-27
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Now in its sixth edition, Interpersonal Communication continues to help students learn the skills needed to communicate effectively in an increasingly complex environment, while interweaving the most current research and important theories in interpersonal communication. This edition includes greater coverage of computer-mediated communication all throughout the text, and introduces two new boxed features of high appeal: "Research in Review" boxes provide abstracts of recent, key studies in the field "Screening Room" boxes look at contemporary films and the interpersonal communication concepts they help to illustrate In addition to the updating throughout, key revisions in the text include Chapter 3, Nonverbal Competence , updates research and reorganizes discussion of nonverbal codes into three categories-visual, auditory, and invisible. Chapter 6, Interpretive Competence , includes exciting new research showing connections between the brain and mind, as well as the physical and the social. It also features a new discussion of emotion and motivation, a reorganized treatment of social cognitive schema, and expanded material on listening with a section on emotional intelligence. Chapter 9, Goal Competence , has been rewritten and simplified to make explanations of general theories of influence more accessible, and includes more material on how individuals use daily conversation to influence one another. Companion Website - www.oup.com/us/trenholm - includes discussion questions, test items, additional activities, and handouts previously found in the text

Author Biography

Sarah Trenholm is Professor of Speech Communication at Ithaca College.
Arthur Jensen is Professor of Communication and Associate Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University.

Table of Contents

Each chapter ends with Skill Building and Process to Performance
Introductory Perspectives
Introduction: Communication and Competence
What is Communication?
Definitions of Human Communication
Characteristics of Communication
A Model of Communicative Competence
Individual Knowledge and Communicative Competence
Social Context and Communicative Competence
The Link Between Process and Performance
Bonzo Goes to College: Attempts to Teach Language to Primates
Insulting the Meat: An Interpersonal Communication Ritual
Research in Review: Communication Competence in the Classroom
Screening Room: Meet the Parents
Interpersonal Communication: Building Relationships
What is Interpersonal Communication: The Nature of Dyads
The Situational Approach to Interpersonal Communication
The Developmental Approach to Interpersonal Communication
The Role of Interpersonal Communication in Relationships
What Is a Relationship?
The Characteristics of Relationships
Relational Paths: Intimacy and Distance
Interpersonal Profiles: Private and Public Paths
Independence vs. Conformity: A Basic Interpersonal Dilemma
Building Relationships: What Does it Take to be Relationally Competent?
Communication Competence and Relationships
Some Characteristics of Healthy Relationships
The Neuroscience of Love: Why We Need Relationships
Mind Your Manners: Some Social Functions of Etiquette
Research in Review: How Childhood Relationships Can Make Us Sick
Screening Room: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Part 2
Nonverbal Competence
What is Nonverbal Communication?
Spontaneous Communication
Symbolic Communication
The Power of Nonverbal Codes
The Functions of Nonverbal Codes
Expressing Meaning
Modifying Verbal Messages
Regulating the Flow of Interaction
The Structure of Nonverbal Codes: Visual, Auditory, and Invisible Communication
Visual Communication: Proxemics, Kinesics, and Artifacts
Auditory Communication
Invisible Communication
Balancing Nonverbal Codes: Compensating and Reciprocating
Expectancy Violations Theory
Cognitive Valence Theory
Compensating and Reciprocating in Everyday Life
The Interplay of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
A Nonlinear History of Handshaking
The "Guarded Self": How to Avoid Being Seen in Public
Research in Review: Detecting Deception from Nonverbal Behavior
Screening Room: Freaky Friday
Verbal Competence
What is Language?
Differences Between the Verbal and Nonverbal Codes
Characteristics of the Verbal Code
The Functions of Language
The Structure of Language: Three Levels of Meaning
Semantic meaning: Language at the Level of the Word
Syntactic Meaning: Language at the Level of the Utterance
Pragmatic Meaning: Language at the Level of the Speech Act
Language, Power, and Politics
Linguistic Determinism: The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis
Language, Thought, and Action: Language and Naming
Group Membership and Language Use: Discourse and Identity
Speaking with Names: An Apache Language Ritual
Talking Tough in Teamsterville: Male Role Enactment in an Urban Community
Research in Review: Polite
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