Exam 1_Uncertainty Reduction Theory

Exam 1_Uncertainty Reduction Theory - Uncertainty Reduction...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Premise When strangers meet, they are primarily concerned with increasing predictability in order to explain their communication experiences Strangers, upon meeting, go through certain steps and checkpoints in order to reduce uncertainty about each other and form an idea of whether one likes or dislikes the other. URT was developed to describe the interrelationships b/w 7 important factors in dyadic exchange: 1) verbal communication 2) nonverbal expressiveness 3) information-seeking behavior 4) intimacy 5) reciprocity 6) similarity 7) liking Assumptions of URT 1. People experience uncertainty in interpersonal settings 2. Uncertainty is an aversive state (h ) - uncertainty is unpleasant, therefore motivational – ppl communicate to reduce it 3. Strangers’ primary concern is to reduce uncertainty Proactive Retroactive 4. Interpersonal communication is a developmental process uncertainty reduction follows a pattern of development stages entry, personal, exit 5. Interpersonal communication is the primary means of uncertainty reduction 6. The quantity and nature of information shared changes over time 7. It is possible to predict behavior
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Page1 / 4

Exam 1_Uncertainty Reduction Theory - Uncertainty Reduction...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online