The effects of communicator characteristics on patterns of reciprocity and compensation

Judee K. Burgoon, Cynthia A. Olney, Ray A. Coker

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This experiment examined gender, reward valence, and level of involvement as potential discriminators between dyadic partners who reciprocate, compensate, or do not respond to the communicator's changes in involvement. Fifty-one dyads engaged in a baseline interview followed by a second interview during which one participant increased or decreased involvement significantly. Partner's resultant change in involvement level was examined for reciprocity, compensation, or nonaccommodation. A gender by involvement interaction and a near significant reward by involvement interaction obtained. Female partners were more responsive to a communicator's involvement change than were men and subjects were generally more responsive to a high reward than a low reward communicator. However, contrary to predictions, females and partners of high reward communicators were most likely to reciprocate decreased involvement and compensate increased involvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-165
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Nonverbal Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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