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1. What are the characteristics of communication? Exchange of meaningful symbols (words/other things to convey meaning) Can’t directly exchange meaning, hope that meaning is shared Process-ongoing, systematic activity although it appears punctuated Contextual-dyads, groups, media Irreversible-from one moment to the next, can’t take back what is said Has a content and a relational dimension-2 dimensional 2 aspects to a message: what you want to say in the message, nonverbal sources/guestures Transactional-the idea that it is ongoing: sequence of exchanges, simultaneous and mutually influential, interdependence Intentional- some argue it is important that you mean it when you communicate 2. What are the components of the communication process? People-senders and receivers Message-verbal and nonverbal symbols Channel/medium-face to face, television, phone Feedback- concept of automatically giving a response Context/setting- part of the communication, different situations Noise-part of communicating 3. When we say that communication has a content and a relational dimension, what does this mean? Has a content and a relational dimension-2 dimensional 2 aspects to a message: what you want to say in the message, nonverbal sources/guestures 4. What is noise/interference? Be able to describe and recognize examples of the two different types of noise. Anything that gets in the way of the message Interference Technical-physical interruptions of the message (ie loss of service) Semantic-psychological interruptions like biases or distractions (coming from the mind, ie room is too warm so there is a distraction) 5. Why do we use models? What are the main differences between the models discussed in lecture? We use models to help develop new ideas, organize info clearly and make predictions-the abstract ideas Early Model: no interference, feedback, context, not transactional, one way only Transactional Model: there is feedback, missing interference and context New Model: includes sender and receiver, channel, noise, feedback and messages, not linear 6. What are the levels/contexts of communication, as described in the text and in lecture? What types of activities occur in each different level? Be sure you can give an example of each. Intrapersonal
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Interpersonal-occuring between 2 people. Informal everyday exchanges that we engage in from the time we get up until we go to bed. Intercultural/intergroup-communication between members of different cultures Small group-three or more members of a group exchange verbal and nonverbal messages in an attempt to influence one another Public-occurs in public, and is formal Organizational- the flow of messages within a network of interdependent relationships Mass-communication that is mediated, comes through some print or electronic medium 7. What are the main characteristics of the scientific method? Empirical-carefully observe and measure
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This note was uploaded on 05/07/2008 for the course COMM 100 taught by Professor Farrar during the Spring '08 term at UConn.

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