COM CHAPTER 8

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COM CHAPTER 8
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  1. Constructivist Theory
    • -Seeks to explain individual differences
    • in people’s ability to communicate skillfully in social situations
    • -Relationship between social cognition and message production skill
  2. Personal constructs
    • -Cognitive templates
    • Bipolar dimensions, e.g.,liberal-conservative
    • -Interpersonal application
    • We use our sets of contrasting features to classify other people
  3. Cognitive complexity
    -High = Many constructs

    -Low = Few constructs
  4. Variation in Cognitive Complexity
    • Developmental
    • -CC increases with age through adolescence

    • Individual
    • -Wide variation in CC among adult individuals

    • -Some sources of variation
    • Gender: Women CC > men CC

    • Socio-economic status: High SES CC >
    • Low SES CC
  5. Role Category Questionnaire (RCQ)
    • Measure of differentiation
    • -Descriptions of liked and disliked persons
    • Scoring procedures
    • -Number of different descriptive words/phrases across both descriptions
    • -Exclude physical and demographic terms
    • -High score >25

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