Researching nonverbal message production: A view from interaction adaptation theory

Judee K. Burgoon, Cindy H. White

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In 1995, Waldron, reflecting on rising disenchantment with the “psychologi­ zation” of communication and its overemphasis on the nonsocial, posed the question, “Is the ‘Golden Age of Cognition’ losing its lustre?” His essay lucidly captured a view we share. It is one we have articulated elsewhere in the rationales for two recently advanced communication theories: Interaction Adaptation Theory (Burgoon, Stern, & Dillman, 1995; White, 1996) and Inter­ personal Deception Theory (Buller & Burgoon, 1996; Buller, Burgoon, White, & Ebesu, 1994; Burgoon & Buller, 1996). Like Waldron, we believe that the crown of cognition is becoming increasingly tarnished and that its faddish reign should and will give way to a more comprehensive approach to human message behavior. Because we also believe that communication theorists will eventually “come home,” doing what they do best by centering on truly communicative phenomena and leaving psychologists to predict and explain intrapsychic activity, we wish to advocate a research agenda that propels interpersonal communication work on nonverbal and verbal encoding in that direction. It is an agenda guided by Interaction Adaptation Theory (IAT).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMessage Production
Subtitle of host publicationAdvances in Communication Theory
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)9781136685873
ISBN (Print)0805823239, 9780805823233
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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