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Message Processing: The Science of Creating Understanding

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Jessica Gasiorek

Copyright Year: 2018

Publisher: University of Hawaii Manoa

Language: English

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Reviewed by Lillian Ruiz, Professor of English, Greenfield Community College on 6/22/20

Six chapters seems a bit short for the subject. read more

Reviewed by Christine Hanlon, Senior Lecturer, University of Central Florida on 6/18/20

Gasiorek’s “Message Processing: The Science of Creating Understanding” text is effectively narrow in its focus and intention. Although BC Campus review criteria indicates that texts should include “an effective index and/or glossary,” it seems... read more

Reviewed by Eric James, Associate Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver on 5/1/20

It's always up the author to decide the most salient points I suppose and we are primed by our own epistemological stances, but I do wish more theories were introduced. Still, the most essential communication theories and frameworks are included. read more

Reviewed by Jonathan Anderegg, Assistant Professor, George Fox University on 12/5/19

This text offers a strong introduction in understanding the psychological foundations of communication. While some of the definitions are a little dense for the typical undergraduate, the strength of the text is that it offers a clear comparison... read more

Reviewed by Devika Banerji, Assistant Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver on 5/24/19

This book is a good and very modern and contemporary understanding of the discipline of communication and the processes by which communication happens. This book is an introductory book and goes into quite some depth about explaining differences... read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Message Processing
  • Chapter 2: Foundational Concepts
  • Chapter 3: Media
  • Chapter 4: Communicative Codes
  • Chapter 5: Traditional Models of Human Communication
  • Chapter 6: The Inferential Model of Human Communication

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  • About the Book

    The text provides an upper-level undergraduate introduction and explanation of the social and cognitive processes involved in human communication, focusing on how people create understanding.

    About the Contributors


    Jessica Gasiorek (Associate Professor) studies message processing and its effects on perceptions of communication, social dynamics, and people’s subjective well-being. This work is grounded in communication accommodation theory (CAT) and social psychological scholarship on attributions, intergroup attitudes, behavior explanation, and perspective-taking. Her publications includes both empirical articles and book chapters on communication accommodation theory, communication and aging, and communication in multilingual medical contexts.

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