Theory Key Names
Annotated list of scholars and terms, from the Instructors Manual and margin notes in the text
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Chapter 7—Expectancy Violations Theory
- Judee Burgoon
- A theorist from the University of Arizona who developed expectancy violations theory.
- Personal Space
- The invisible, variable volume of space surrounding an individual that defines that individual’s preferred distance from others.
- Edward Hall
- An anthropologist from the Illinois Institute of Technology who coined the term proxemics.
- The study of people’s use of space as a special elaboration of culture.
- Intimate Distance
- The American proxemic zone of 0 to 18 inches.
- Personal Distance
- The American proxemic zone of 18 inches to 4 feet.
- Social Distance
- The American proxemic zone of 4 to 10 feet.
- Public Distance
- The American proxemic zone of 10 feet to infinity.
- Threat Threshold
- The hypothetical outer boundary of intimate space; a breach by an uninvited other occasions fight or flight.
- Arousal, relational
- A heightened state of awareness, orienting response, or mental alertness that stimulates review of the relationship.
- What people predict will happen, rather than what they necessarily desire.
- Violation Valence
- The perceived positive or negative value assigned to a breach of expectations, regardless of who the violator is.
- Communicator Reward Valence
- The sum of the positive and negative attributes that the person brings to the encounter plus the potential he or she has to reward or punish in the future.
- Paul Mongeau
- A communication researcher from Arizona State University whose research on dating demonstrates expectancy violations theory’s increased predictive power.
- Interactional Adaptation Theory
- A systematic approach to how people adjust their approach when another’s behavior doesn’t mesh with what’s needed, anticipated, or preferred.
- Interaction Position
- A person’s initial stance towards an interaction as determined by a blend of personal requirements, expectations, and desires (RED).
- A strong human tendency to respond to another’s action with similar behavior.
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