Foundations of Communication Theory

Foundations of Communication Theory

Foundations of Communication Theory

Foundations of Communication Theory

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During the last decade, the outpouring of scientific research on human communication has increased at a staggering rate. This burst of research activity is due to the ever-widening usage of the term "communication" and to a declaration of vested interest in communication research by numerous scientific disciplines. One review of developments in the field lists more than twenty academic disciplines which currently provide content and method for research on some phase of human interaction. The physical sciences contribute to the study of communication largely by way of technical subfields bearing the headings of cybernetics, in formation theory, and general systems theory. The social sciences embrace the inclusive interests of anthropologists, who define culture as communication, and the most specialized investigations of social psychologists, who define the relationships between individual and group activity as communication. At the end of the social science spectrum are the investigations of linguists, who describe their work on language structure as part of communication science. Still other approaches to the study of communication cross disciplinary lines of psychology.

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