Cognitive Tuning Effects of Anticipating Communication On Thought About An Interpersonal Conflict

Denise Haunani Solomon, Michael E. Roloff

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Abstract

Anticipating communication is argued to have cognitive tuning effects such that individuals think descriptively and entertain a greater variety of thoughts when they anticipate receiving information, but think valuatively and avoid information searches when they perceive they will primarily convey rather than receive information in a forthcoming interaction. Reported thoughts about conflicts experienced by college students in roommate relationships were examined under three experimental conditions: (a) no anticipated communication, (b) anticipated communication with the roommate, and (c) anticipated communication with a friend other than the roommate. Results supported the hypothesized cognitive tuning effects of anticipating communication; however, the magnitude of these effects were not dependent on the anticipated communication partner as predicted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalCommunication Reports
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Communication
  • Linguistics and Language

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