CMN101Sm09July15_UncertaintyReductionTheory

CMN101Sm09July15_UncertaintyReductionTheory - Uncertainty...

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Unformatted text preview: Uncertainty Reduction Theory CMN 101 Communication Theories Wednesday, July 15, 2009 Announcement In class extra credit survey Wednesday, July 15 Uncertainty Reduction Theory General focus: How do we overcome doubts and fears that accompany new interpersonal situations? Uncertainty Reduction Theory: Variables of Interest Uncertainty (Central Variable) Verbal communication Nonverbal warmth Information seeking Self-disclosure Reciprocity Similarity Liking Shared networks The Eight Axioms Axiom: self-evident truth that requires no additional proof (Griffin, 2008) Not what Berger intends to mean: untested assumption Axiom 1- As verbal communication increases, the level of uncertainty decreases. Axiom 2- As nonverbal affiliative expressiveness increases, the level of uncertainty decreases. The Eight Axioms (cont.) Axiom 3- High levels of uncertainty cause increased levels of information seeking. As uncertainty levels decline, information-...
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CMN101Sm09July15_UncertaintyReductionTheory - Uncertainty...

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