Understanding Human Communication

Understanding Human Communication

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Now in its eighth edition, this classic text by Ronald B. Adler and George Rodman retains the enduring features that have made it the best-selling introductory human communication text on the market: an engaging and reader-friendly writing style; an inviting visual design with marginal quotations, cartoons, photographs, newspaper clippings, and supplemental readings on every page; up-to-date information on technology, gender, and cultural diversity; and everyday applications based on solid research and theory. Maintaining the quality of presentation and student-focused pedagogy that have characterized previous editions, this new edition features updated examples, coverage of current communication theory, entirely new student-oriented sample speeches with new commentaries, and a commitment to equipping students with effective communication skills that will matter and make a difference in their everyday lives. NEW TO THE EIGHTH EDITION Improved Design and Pedagogy * Each chapter now opens with a list of cognitive and behavioral objectives so that students know precisely what they need to learn. * Activities are now integrated into the text-adjacent to the concepts they complement-allowing students to apply the material more easily to their lives. New Feature Film Profiles * Using a medium that students already know and love, Understanding Human Communication, Eighth Edition, integrates current movies into instruction to effectively teach concepts and principles. New films include: * Cast Away * Shallow Hal * Pay It Forward * You've Got Mail * Clueless * At First Sight * Patch Adams * Dangerous Minds * Almost Famous New Sidebar Topics * "Understanding Diversity" Sidebars show students how communication principles apply to people from different backgrounds. New topics include: - doing business across cultures - non-western views of modern medicine - deafness and identity * "Understanding Communication Technology" Sidebars teach students how new technologies can expand and improve communication. New topics include: - identity management on the Internet - strategies for expressing emotions online - using the World Wide Web to deliver difficult messages - communicating in "virtual groups" on the web - software to improve group decision-making New Material on Public Speaking The sample speeches in chapters 10, 11, 13, and 14 are completely new and accompanied by commentaries provided by the student speakers in addition to the authors' explanations. * This edition places greater emphasis on student informative speaking and includes a sample student speech. * This edition contains expanded guidelines for personalizing an informative speech. Updated and Expanded Research and Examples Throughout the new edition, many topics have been added, expanded, or updated to reflect current information and contemporary theory. For example: * Chapters 1-2 - how communication shapes and manages identity - how narratives shape perceptions and frameworks for shared understanding - how some communication aims at coordination, but not necessarily understanding * Chapter 3 - similarities and differences between male and female communication styles - how children's names affect their identities - examples of contemporary slang and jargon * Chapter 4 - personal listening styles - the importance of listening in professional and personal life - how cultural differences shape listening - how communicators offer social support to others * Chapters 5-6 - deceptive communication - when and why people disclose personal information * Chapters 10-14 - new demographic analyses of today's audiences - the role of human communication in contemporary world events - the new student activism * Media Appendix - Cumulative Effects Theory - how different theories lead to the observation of different effects - how the media contributes to changes in language styles over time.show more

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  • Paperback | 542 pages
  • 200.66 x 251.46 x 17.78mm | 907.18g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • Revised
  • 8th Revised edition
  • numerous colour illustrations
  • 0195219104
  • 9780195219104

Table of contents

PART I: ELEMENTS OF COMMUNICATION 1. HUMAN COMMUNICATION: WHAT AND WHY 2. PERCEPTION, THE SELF AND COMMUNICATION 3. LANGUAGE 4. LISTENING 5. NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION PART II: INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 6. UNDERSTANDING INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS 7. IMPROVING INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS PART III: COMMUNICATION IN GROUPS 8. THE NATURE OF GROUPS 9. SOLVING PROBLEMS IN GROUPS PART IV: PUBLIC COMMUNICATION 10. CHOOSING AND DEVELOPING A TOPIC 11. ORGANIZATION AND SUPPORT 12. PRESENTING YOUR MESSAGE 13. INFORMATIVE SPEAKING 14. PERSUASIVE SPEAKING APPENDIX A - INTERVIEWING APPENDIX B - MEDIATED COMMUNICATIONshow more

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