Communication and Emotion: Essays in Honor of Dolf Zillmann

Communication and Emotion: Essays in Honor of Dolf Zillmann

Communication and Emotion: Essays in Honor of Dolf Zillmann

Communication and Emotion: Essays in Honor of Dolf Zillmann

Synopsis

This collection serves two important functions: it synthesizes theory and research in the vital and vibrant area of communication and emotion, and it highlights the scholarly work and contributions of Dolf Zillmann, the preeminent contributor to this area of inquiry.

As one of the most productive and influential scholars in the annals of communication inquiry, Zillmann is well known for his contributions in the areas of communication, emotion, media effects, and aggression. Editors Jennings Bryant, David Roskos-Ewoldsen, and Joanne Cantor have collected groundbreaking essays from scholars active in the field, all of whom studied under or worked with Zillmann during his exemplary career. The contributions included here acknowledge the significance of Zillmann's work and identify many of the intellectual streams that contributed to his scholarship.

Utilizing both psychology and communication perspectives, this volume covers the current literature in communication and emotion, with a focus on key theories, media effects, and entertainment theory. As a comprehensive synthesis of theory and research in communication and emotion, it will be of great interest to scholars in communication theory, cognitive and social psychology, and psychophysiology. With a concluding state-of-the-art chapter by Dolf Zillmann himself, this volume offers a thorough and distinctive examination of communication and emotion scholarship, and it will serve as an invaluable resource for current and future generations of scholars.

Excerpt

Lawrence Erlbaum Lawrence Erlbaum Associates

It is unusual for a publisher to write a foreword to a book he or she is publishing, but Dolf Zillmann is an unusual man. He was first recommended to me in glowing terms by several psychologists who were not known for their effusive praise of others, which was remarkable to begin with, but he was also spoken of with the highest regard by scholars in another field—communication. So it was with some curiosity that I first contacted Dolf, which was the beginning of what has turned out to be a long and, for me and the field, most rewarding relationship. His publications have contributed enormously to our understanding of communication and human behavior, and to the advancement of science and knowledge. I am very proud that many, if not most, of these seminal works appeared under the LEA imprint, allowing me the privilege of being the midwife to his intellectual offspring.

Others are much better qualified to speak about Dolf's scientific contributions and the way they have advanced our knowledge, opened new avenues of research, and led to watershed findings and new paradigms. Ultimately, the final judge of such matters, history, will render its opinion, but I think it will be the most favorable opinion possible.

However, there is an entirely different contribution that Dolf has made over the years. Just by being the kind of person he is, he has made the world a better place. He is well known for his mentoring, for his teaching, and for his administrative prowess, but if he did nothing else but interact with others, he would have contributed enormously.

One has to do nothing but spend some time in his company to rejoice in a mind and spirit that inspires an appreciation of how a superior intellect combined with good sense can demonstrate the best humans have to offer. Dolf is no bleeding-heart do-gooder; he approaches each person and . . .

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