Dr. Jessica Gasiorek, Assistant Professor of Communicology, received a prestigious Top Student Paper Award from the Communication and Social Cognition Division at the annual convention of the National Communication Association in November. Her paper, entitled Perspective taking, attributions, and perceived accommodation, examined the intentionality and motivation of communication accommodation. Dr. Gasiorek’s study found that participants who could more readily imagine a situation from another point of view tended to see others’ communicative adjustments as more intentional but less negatively motivated. She also found that perspective sharing led to the view that accommodation was more situationally appropriate. These effects were found regardless of speaker group membership (i.e., ingroup versus outgroup), indicating that individuals are not influenced by the social distance between speaker and listener. The data also suggested that the type of language used may affect how readily listeners will take speakers’ perspectives.
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