Buses as Public Spheres

A few years ago professor Renee Human rode the bus in Lexington, KY and spent one year analyzing her experience from a critical lens. She found a few patterns in how people who rode the bus communicated. Human (2008) asks two research questions during her experiment, the second question partly has to do with personal maps. Citing Benjamin … Continue reading Buses as Public Spheres

Anxiety/Uncertainty Management Theory

Anxiety/Uncertainty Management Theory (AUM) was originally proposed by the late William Gudykunst as an extension of the Uncertainty Reduction Theory (URT), which predicted when strangers meet for the first time they seek to reduce uncertainties they have about each other so that they can more easily predict each other's behaviors, thus helping with their communicative interactions … Continue reading Anxiety/Uncertainty Management Theory

Social Identity Theory

Throughout the week, you probably think of yourself as a daughter/son, sister/brother, mother/father, girlfriend/boyfriend, wife/husband, friend, coworker, employee, teammate, student, partner, traveler, customer, and countless other categories of identities. Social Identity Theory (SIT), first developed by Henri Tajfel and John Turner during the 1970s and 1980s, assumes these types of identities can influence our thoughts … Continue reading Social Identity Theory

Intergroup Contact Theory

What can we do to reduce prejudice?^ In 1954, Gordon Allport created the Contact Hypothesis in an attempt to answer that question, and it has been a successful framework in the struggle against prejudice for many decades. As alluded to by its name, the Contact Hypothesis focuses on contact between people of different backgrounds (e.g., cultures) and assumes … Continue reading Intergroup Contact Theory

Communication Model In Five Minutes

The video below was created by the folks at TedEd and explains some pretty foundational concepts of interpersonal and other kinds of Communication, these are concepts that we sometimes take weeks to cover in a classroom, explained in under five minutes. The video serves as a great introduction to the transactional model of communication, contextual influences … Continue reading Communication Model In Five Minutes