ERIC Number: ED260469
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
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The Relationship between Rhetorical Sensitivity, Communication Apprehension and the Ability to Decode Nonverbal Cues.
Millar, Dan P.; Newton, Mark A.
Results of research on rhetorical sensitivity suggest that the sensitive person has developed the ability to reach a social context and the others within it and to respond appropriately, while results of research on communication apprehension suggest that high apprehension leads to avoidance of communication situations. If so, then the degree to which people are apprehensive ought to affect the type of rhetorical person they develop into. A study was conducted that hypothesized a relationship between rhetorical sensitivity, communication apprehension, gender, and the ability to decode nonverbal cues. The subjects, 128 students from Indiana State University, were randomly selected from eight sections of Communication 101 during the spring semester of 1984. Subjects were asked to complete two self-report instruments, the Rhetorical Sensitivity Scale (RHETSEN) and the revised Personal Report of Communication Apprehension (PRCA). All participants were also asked to view and complete the Profile of Nonverbal Sensitivity (PONS) test. Results showed that to be rhetorically sensitive is to be apprehensive of communication encounters. To be rhetorically insensitive is to be nonapprehensive. Future research should include psychomotor behaviors to determine the relationship between each aspect of learning about communication. (Tables of findings are included). (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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