Message Processing – The Science of Creating Understanding

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 author

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 include both empirical articles and book chapters on communication accommodation theory, communication and aging, and communication in multilingual medical contexts.


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