Interpersonal Communication - A Fresh Look
Hardeep Singh Anant
City University College of Ajman; UBS, Panjab University
December 8, 2009
Communication is more than an exchange of information between and among people. It is a dynamic process, having many dimensions, and is not easy to define. Studies show that both innate and learned factors significantly impact the process. Physiological factors, too, seem to have a strong influence on the process, and affect perception, cognition, encoding, transmission, decoding and comprehension, and communicator consistency.
Recent evidence from the field of Neuroscience seems to indicate that a significant amount of neuronal activity precedes the conscious awareness of the need to communicate, the communication itself, and the consequent generation of meaning. These findings raise questions about many hitherto held beliefs about human consciousness, communication, and behavior. If further research corroborates these findings then it will have a significant impact on our understanding of human consciousness, communication and behavior.
One new way of viewing interpersonal communication is to see it as ‘a perpetual flow’, between and among participants, influenced by evolutionary processes and connected with our desire to propagate and survive.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 9
Keywords: interpersonal communication, perception, cognition, effective communication, behaviour, listening, communication effectiveness, meaning, generation of meaning, negotiation, conflict, consciousness, awareness, comprehension, encoding, decoding, innate, learned, nonverbal communication, neuronsworking papers series
Date posted: December 13, 2009 ; Last revised: December 15, 2010
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