ERIC Number: EJ1047692
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Effects of Imagined Interactions and Rehearsal on Speaking Performance
Choi, Charles W.; Honeycutt, James M.; Bodie, Graham D.
Communication Education, v64 n1 p25-44 2015
Imagined interactions (IIs) constitute a type of social cognition that can reduce fear of communication. Through the mental preparation enabled by IIs, an individual can reduce disfluencies and mitigate the anxiety that arises from a speech. Study 1 indicated that rehearsal influences the reduction of silent pauses but not vocalized pauses. In addition, those who reported higher levels of communication apprehension demonstrated more total disfluencies throughout the speech. Study 2 examined how utilizing mixed modes of imagery can affect the rehearsal process in comparison to visualizing (VIS) an encounter alone. The results indicated that a rehearsal consisting of both II training and the mixed modes of imagery resulted in more overall fluency in speech and in higher self-reported speech evaluations.
Descriptors: Social Cognition, Interpersonal Communication, Imagination, Interaction, Anxiety, Speech Communication, Language Fluency, Imagery, College Students, Public Speaking, Visualization, Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Comparative Analysis, Statistical Analysis, Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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