Communication Studies

Publication covering communication, language and linguistics.

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 3, Fall

An Interview with Gerald Miller
Introduction: Occasionally the [ISSPR, see below, ed.] Bulletin recognizes a special scholar whose work has been pivotal in the area of close relationships. These individuals are selected on the basis of their role in shaping current views of relational...
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A Tribute to Gerald R. Miller
It came as a sadness but not a surprise that two weeks ago we lost Dr. Gerald R. Miller. Professor Miller, who was also lovingly known as G. R. or Gerry to his friends and family died May 20, 1993 after a long battle with cancer. Professor Miller...
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Editor's Note
"He was a burning and a shining light; and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light." John 5:35 This issue continues the theme of "Looking Forward/Looking Back" for Volume 50 of Communication Studies. This issue honors Gerald R. Miller...
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Explaining the Door-in-The Face: Is It Really Time to Abandon Reciprocal Concessions?
Some compliance gaining requests are sequential, i.e., they involve multiple messages in a planned order. One sequential request is the door-in-the-face (DITF, Cialdini et al., 1975). With the DITF two requests are made: an initial request that is...
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Gerald R. Miller: A Colleague's View
Gerald R. Miller came to Michigan State University in 1962. He had finished his doctorate at the University of Iowa in 1961, and held his first position as an Assistant Professor of Speech at the University of Washington for just one year before making...
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Gerald R. Miller: A Personal Remembrance
In the summer of 1956, I enrolled in my first graduate courses in the Speech Department of the University of Iowa. This department included rhetoric, public address, theatre, and broadcasting, and was under the direction of H. Clay Harshbarger, an...
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Goal Complexity and the Perceived Competence of Interpersonal Influence Messages
The ability to exercise control over one's environment is considered an important skill for the competent communicator (Parks, 1994; Wiemann, 1977). One way individuals can achieve such control is by getting others to comply with their requests, a...
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On Keeping the Faith in Matters Scientific
Evidence abounds that a segment of our field views the current status of communication research with alarm. Whether the specific issues involve the logic of theory construction, the methodologies employed in collecting and analyzing data, or the criteria...
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The Nature of Close Relationships as Presented in Television Talk Show Titles
Although much controversy exists about the value of television talk shows, there is an absence of empirical investigation into the nature of these shows. The goal of this research was to analyze the titles from six months of the eleven top-rated television...
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The Presence of Gr, My Pal
G. R. was not G. R. when I arrived on the Iowa campus in the autumn of 1957. He was Gerry Miller. But even then, he was a presence, not only because he had been at Iowa for some time, having earned his BA and MA degrees there (in Political Science),...
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Three Reasons for Doubting the Adequacy of the Reciprocal-Concessions Explanation of Door-in-the-Face Effects
The door-in-the-face (DITF) influence technique (Cialdini et al., 1975) involves making two successive requests of a person. The first is a relatively large request that the person declines; the second (target) request is a smaller one. Compared to...
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"'Tis the Season to Be Jolly": A Yuletide 1980 Assessment of Communication Research
The past two decades have witnessed marked improvement in the work produced by communication researchers. Today's research is marked by increasing reliance on theory, a greater emphasis on programmatic research, and attempts to fit methods to particular...
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