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Chapter 9—Uncertainty Reduction Theory
- Using uncertainty reduction theory as a guide, formulate specific predictions about the different reactions of two groups of incoming college students: 1) one group who participated in a four-day, intensive experience with 10 other new students exploring a wilderness area while 2) the second group spent an evening of conversation and entertainment with a senior or junior. Explain each prediction in terms of specific axioms and theorems.
- You want to convince a professor to extend a paper deadline by one more day. Write or draw your hierarchical plan for persuading your professor. Which elements of your plan would be easiest to change? Hardest? To what extent does this pattern match Berger’s hierarchy hypothesis?
- Berger suggests that people interact less if they do not anticipate future interaction, yet strangers often interact intensely when seated next to each other on a train, plane, or bus. Explain this seeming anomaly using the terms of uncertainty reduction theory.
- Write about a time when you have experienced relational turbulence. To what extent did partner interference and/or relational uncertainty contribute to it? What other factors led you to experience turbulence? How was the turbulence reduced?
- Uncertainty reduction theory claims humans are motivated by predictability. Predicted outcome value theory claims humans are motivated to maximize relational outcomes. The theory of motivated information management claims humans are motivated to reduce anxiety. Compare and contrast these motivations. When are these motivations compatible? When are they not? Which of the three motivations do you think is strongest in our interpersonal relationships?
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