August 24, 2011
* What is the definition of communication embraced by the authors of this text? * The authors define communication as “a social process in which individuals employ symbols to establish and interpret meaning in their environment.” * From their perspective, they use five key terms that coincide with defining communication: social, process, symbols, meaning, and environment. * Communication involves people and interactions, and is a process that happens from the beginning of a conversation to the end. Communication can be represented through symbols and cues, both verbal and nonverbal. In addition, meaning is what people extract from a message, and there can be multiple layers of meaning associated with communication. * List and define the three types of noise that can interfere with the transmission of a message. * 1. Physical (External) Noise – Exists outside of the receiver * 2. Psychological Noise – Refers to a communicator’s prejudices, biases, and predispositions toward another or the message * 3. Physiological Noise – Refers to the biological influences on the communication process * How does a person’s field of experience influence a communication event? * A person’s field of experience is defined in the book as how a “person’s culture, experiences, and heredity influence his or her ability to communicate with another.” Based on those three factors, a person will operate their communication differently than someone who was raised different culturally, as well as having different experiences than, and an alternative heritage. * This question made me think about my current situation for housing at college this year. I chose to live in a house with six other girls my age, in a very nice location off-campus. The majority of my housemates are from out-of-state, and their upbringings were a lot different than mine....