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Marissa Reino Comm 100 Professor Hurst 7 May 2008
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Perceptions and Cognitive Abilities Throughout this semester we have reviewed many aspects regarding communication studies. Some of the theoretical explanations made sense and overlapped with central ideas in other communication classes, and other explanations left me intrigued to learn more. In my opinion the most important context of communication to study is perception and the cognitive abilities that go along with. Understanding perception opens many doors within communication studies that help in understanding the broader concepts. Not only are there physiological factors that influence the way we perceive, but there are also social roles as well as diverse cultural communities that carry their own set of expectations that must be met. Perception is defined as the active process of selecting, organizing, and interpreting people, objects, events, situations, and activities (Wood 45). Perception and communication influence one another, and shape our understanding of others and the actions and events that we face. How we perceive other people dictates the attitudes and preconceived notions we put forth when communicating. For example, if a co-worker appears to be hostile, one is likely to communicate in a defensive manner (Wood 45). What is important to understand is that we do not perceive randomly, we organize
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