Final Exam Review
There will be pictures again for the final.
Similar format as midterm
All the readings are included.
(recognizing communicative intentions)
*not going to draw heavily on the articles of intention.
Communication Studies 126
Evolution of Interpersonal Communication
The final paper must be on a relevant topic in interpersonal communication
from an evolutionary perspective. Please talk to me about it if you have any
doubts. This paper is a
Signal detection theory and
What is signal detection theory?
Statistical hypothesis testing is the
comparison of a sampled data set to
a synthetic data set from an
The goal of research in evolutionary
psychology is to discover and understand
the design of the human mind.
Evolutionary psychology is an approach
to psychology, in which knowledge and
principles from evolutionary b
1) From Darwin's Darkest Hour:
1. What did Charles Darwin's father want him to do with his life? Dedicate his life to the church
and become a Clergyman. Thats why he sent Darwin to Cambridge.
2. Why did he not want Charles to go on the Beagle? He thought
Evolution of Psychology- Is an approach to psychology.
o Information processing
o Study things that are not evolutionary developmental.
o its a mix of cogni
Functional deception vs. intentional deception
Main difference: intentional deception has to do with manipulation
with belief state- some sort of deliberate attempt to change another
individuals belief state- which would presumably dir
When communicating, say things directly -> strategy -> do not pay
Individual shared knowledge vs. common knowledge
Direct speech -> establish common knowledge
Indirect speech -> establish individual shared knowledge
8A + 8B
Nov 17th and Nov 19th, 2015
Language communication mechanism- language has particular
features (combining sounds, words, etc.) Basic ability to het propositional
statements out of separate sounds.
- But does that really capture what peo
1. Intention- a purposeful action done in an attempt to bring about a future state of affairs
2. Attributing Intentions- blaming intentions on someone else when the outcome affects you negatively tendency to
underattribute good outcomes and overattribute
Evolutionary Psychology Week 5B
Oct 26 2015
What is an intention?
Purposeful action done in an attempt to bring about a future state of
Has to be some kind of action there
Every action has by-products, there should be a
Intentions- a purposeful action done in an attempt to bring about a future state of affairs
Has to be some kind of action there/ Every action has by-products, there should be a balance of pros and cons/ If the action is not
going to benefit the sender, it
Mid term review
Oct 22nd, 2015
Highest chance of question: Lecture + Book
Second chance: Lecture, not on book
Least likely: only on book
ROC curve (not gonna test on that )
Blue book x 2
Bring a pen
2 mandatory question (big picture stuff)
9.29 and 10.1 (T and Th)
The mind is a collection of information processors shaped by evolution to solve adaptive
Trades = psychological mechanisms
Inclusive fitness =
the success of organism in getting into the