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Unformatted text preview: I write this letter to describe how I addressed the feedback I received on my rationale paper. I made the following revisions to my draft: Section 1 1. I changed my goal statement to include the advancing and testing of my hypothesis (p. 1) 2. I expanded my preview statement to include sections 4 and 5 of the discussion paper (p. 1) Section 2 3. No changes Section 3 4. No changes Writing and Independent Research 5. I added a number of new sources to meet the new source requirement. 6. I followed APA format more carefully throughout my manuscript. For example, I corrected the format for citing lecture material in-text that appeared on pages 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8. 7. I eliminated a number of you and we statements and edited new sections to avoid making the same mistakes Thank you for the feedback you provided on my rationale paper. I believe that my manuscript has improved through the revision process. Sincerely, 1 Final Paper CMN 437 Section 1 The goal of this paper is to advance and test the hypothesis that according to constructivism theory, more cognitive complexity leads to more affinity-seeking with a partner. Section 1 will demonstrate the social significance of being cognitively complex and being able to build a social network through affinity-seeking. Section 2 will describe constructivism theory and go into detail on the concept of cognitive complexity. Section 3 will advance the hypothesis of cognitive complexity leading to more affinity-seeking with a partner. Section 4 will describe the research design and findings for my hypothesis. Finally, section 5 will interpret the results of the study. This investigation will provide researchers with additional standards with which to judge interaction patterns in close relationships. Cognitive complexity is an important skill for many different reasons. People high in cognitive complexity make more distinctions than those who see the world more simplistically (Knobloch, 2009). This allows individuals to adapt to the listeners perspective and see the shades of gray in an interaction. It is important to understand the idea of cognitive complexity because it allows an individual to be better at maintaining relationships. A study by Burleson and Samter (1990) found that communication behaviors relevant to the initiation and maintenance of informal peer relationships, such as cognitive complexity, might be significant predictors of academic success. For college students, peers serve as sources of material and informational support by providing advice on different courses, being a source of study materials, helping with exam preparation, and more (Adelman, Parks, & Albrecht, 1987). Peers also help one another feel connected and provide a sense of belonging (Davis & Todd, 1985). Following this, students who develop satisfying relationships with peers tend to ear better grades, be more inclined to persist with their studies, and remain in the college environment (Pace, 1970; Tinto, 1975). In a society where high value is placed on education, understanding how cognitive skills help achieve...
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