ERIC Number: ED314765
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May
Reference Count: 0
The Origins of Human Interaction. The Van Zelst Lecture in Communication.
Cappella, Joseph N.
In the field of communication studies the preeminent forms of explanation of human behavior have been the social and psychological, but biological origins may be as important to understanding human communication as are social origins. Communication research suggests a biological basis for certain patterns of adult interaction. Although these patterns of interaction do not exhaust all or even the most important aspects of human interaction, there is ample evidence that they are functionally important to the adult and to the infant-adult relationship. The patterns of interaction may even be the mechanism for defining caretaker-infant bonding. An appreciation of the intricate relationship between social and biological behavior and the common biological bases of human communication is one result of looking for the biological sources of ultimate causation for patterns of human communication. The emphasis on learning, culture, and socialization, the emphasis on higher-level cognitive processes and on highly deliberate linguistic exchanges have had a central place in the study of human communication. But it is time to recognize that part of what makes communication human is its biological commonness across peoples and even species. (One hundred-and-two references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL. School of Speech.