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Click to edit Master subtitle style Communication 102: Introduction to COMMUNICATION THEORY Uncertainty Reduction and Uncertainty Management
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Announcements Exams and article assignments will be handed back in recitations. l Schedule change for next week: Monday will be Relational Dialectics and Wednesday will be Social Information Processing. Please adjust your readings accordingly.
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Objectives Learn key components of Uncertainty Reduction Theory l Critique URT l Present an alternative to URT – Uncertainty Management Theory
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Uncertainty Reduction Objective or social scientific approach to theorizing l Attempt to create “covering law” l Based on truth (axioms) and logic (theorems)
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Assumptions of URT Our main purpose in talking with people is to “make sense” out of our interpersonal world. l We experience uncertainty in interpersonal settings. l Uncertainty is an aversive state that generates cognitive stress. l When strangers meet, their primary concern is to reduce uncertainty.
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Assumptions of URT Interpersonal communication is a developmental process that occurs
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