ERIC Number: ED078473
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
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A Computer Simulation of Human Communication.
Richards, William D., Jr.; Monge, Peter R.
Of the many intellectual models available for conceptualizing the communication process, one of the most appropriate is cybernetics. The logical and empirical requirements of a cybernetic model of communication are presented. Based upon a review of relevant findings in the social science literature, these requirements are utilized to create a closed system constituted of open subsystems. The results of that procedure are presented, along with the modifications which were necessary to create the basic propositions. The macrostructure of the simulation and several important issues--the probabilistic nature of the model, cause and effect, feedback, and interaction--are discussed. The conclusion contains an assessment of the utility of the simulation, suggestions for modification, and a brief discussion of the requisite methodology for future empirical validation. (EE)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (Montreal, April 25-29, 1973)