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

Communication Accommodation Theory

Have you ever caught yourself speaking slower and louder to someone who did not speak your language well in an attempt to help them understand you? Or perhaps you remember a time when someone did that to you because they thought you didn't understand them. These accommodating behaviors, their motivations, and  their consequences, are what … Continue reading Communication Accommodation Theory

Common In-group Identity Model

The Common In-group Identity Model (CIIM) has roots in Intergroup Contact Theory (ICT). Intergroup Contact Theory explains processes involved in reducing prejudice between groups when individuals from those groups interact. Thus, we assume people who are  part of different groups (i.e., in-groups) are likely to have prejudices about each other, since ICT predicts contact between those … Continue reading Common In-group Identity Model

Patriotism: Celebrating Diversity

This is a great campaign by the Ad Council, a campaign they ran for U.S. Independence day last year (July 4th, 2016)--it does a nice job of using celebrity (John Cena) to discuss patriotism in the context of intercultural understanding within a diverse society.  Disclaimer: The above post is an old one, which I am reposting on this … Continue reading Patriotism: Celebrating Diversity

First YouTube Video Ever

The domain name was officially activated on February 14th, 2005 by the three founders of the website (according to information from here). *** Some days ago I was pointlessly browsing the Internet and for whatever reason began to think about the immense quantity of videos that are on now-Google-owned YouTube these days: Every 60 seconds, 100 … Continue reading First YouTube Video Ever

John Stuart Mill on Freedom of the Press

The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race, posterity as well as the existing generation, those who dissent from the opinion even more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth; if … Continue reading John Stuart Mill on Freedom of the Press

Intracultural, Intercultural, Cross-Cultural, and International Communication: What’s the Difference?

What is the difference between intracultural, intercultural, cross-cultural, and international communication? They may all seem to be talking about the same thing, but when scheduling your classes, you might see one intercultural class, one cross-cultural class, and another international communication class. If you are already in a related class, you might be reading studies or … Continue reading Intracultural, Intercultural, Cross-Cultural, and International Communication: What’s the Difference?