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Last updated February 14, 2001
SPRING 2001 THEORY WORKBOOK
Explanation of Theory:
The sensation seeking theory states that individuals seek activities and experiences that will gratify their need for sensation, and maintains that there are different levels of sensation (high or low) that can be applied.
Zuckerman, M. (1979). Sensation seeking: Beyond the optimal level of arousal. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
The Interactional View is also known as the theory of pragmatics because of the dependence on the particular situation at hand. Miscommunication occurs because people are not "speaking the same language." These languages are brought because people have different points of view from which they are speaking. When people's content and relationship component do not match up, miscommunication is likely to occur.
Based on the metatheoretical
assumptions, Sensation Seeking is a humanistic theory. Epistemologically,
the theory holds multiple truths as there are different levels of sensation
seeking that can be applied to different individuals, and it is also possible
that some people are not sensation seekers. Ontologically, the theory
lies in the middle of the
According to Farrell’s
criteria for a useful humanistic theory, Sensation Seeking
Ideas and Implications:
This theory has many implications for everyday life. Since families often suffer from miscommunication, this thoery is able to explain why such things take palce. The suggestion to reframe problems in order to gain a better understanding of what is going on seems like sound and practical advice.
Pat and Terry were
walking through the woods one hot, summer day. After hours
Donohew, L., Lorch, E.P., & Palmgreen, P. (1991). Sensation seeking,
Lorch, E.P., Palmgreen, P., Donohew, L., Helm, D., Baew, S.A., & Dsilva,
Palmgreen, P., Lorch, E.P., Donohew, L., Harrington, N.G., Dsilva, M.U.,
Location in Eight (8) Primary Communication Theory Textbooks:
Anderson, R., & Ross, V. (1998). Questions of communication: A practical introduction to theory (2nd ed.). New York: St. Martin's Press. N/A
Cragan, J. F., & Shields, D.C. (1998). Understanding communication theory: The communicative forces for human action. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon. N/A
Griffin, E. (2000). A first look at communication theory (4th ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill. N/A
Griffin, E. (1997). A first look at communication theory (3rd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. N/A
Infante, D. A., Rancer, A. S., & Womack, D. F. (1997). Building communication theory (3rd ed.). Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press. N/A
Littlejohn, S. W. (1999). Theories of human communication (6th ed). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. N/A
West, R., & Turner, L. H. (2000). Introducing communication theory: Analysis and application. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield. N/A
Wood, J. T. (1997). Communication theories in action: An introduction.
Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. N/A