Portland State University. Department of Speech Communication
Theodore G. Grove
Date of Publication
Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech Communication
Social perception, People with disabilities, Social interaction
1 online resource (112 p.)
When strangers meet, there is a high level of uncertainty due to the infinite number of possible alternatives in behavior between the two people. Previous research indicates that communicators will attempt to reduce the level of uncertainty by using available verbal and nonverbal information of the other, by seeking similarities with the other, and by observing the situation itself. This information is used to predict attitudes and beliefs, as well as to attribute characteristics of the other. Other studies indicate that a person will increase her level of self-monitoring activity when the level of uncertainty is increased.
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