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dc.contributor.authorSalem, Philip J. ( )en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-27T10:03:45Z
dc.date.available2012-02-24T10:03:45Z
dc.date.issued2010-07-24en_US
dc.identifier.citationSalem, P. J. (2010). Keynote address: Finding the sweet spot in human communication. Presented at the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and Life Sciences Annual Conference, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/2600
dc.description.abstractThe dynamic tension in all living systems is between similarity and difference. There are many sets of polarized terms representing this tension, but chaos and complexity scholars recognized this tension as amounts of information. Information represents the amount of relative variety – a mix of similarity and difference, and when the amounts were high, but not too high, the system moved to transformation – to the edge of chaos, to the complexity regime, to strange attractors, or to chaos, depending on the model. The sweet spot is that range of relative variety, just the proper mix of similarity and difference, leading to transformation. Human communication is an emergent social process. It occurs when individuals in a social relationship create messages cueing each other as part of an ongoing episode. Human communication is an effort to make sense of an episode created by the process itself. The process constitutes our social and psychological life together. This paper explores the dynamic tension in communication constituting three phenomena: (a) self, (b) trust in immediate and extended relationships such as social networks, and (c) organizations. In each case I will describe current literature highlighting tensions between similarity and difference, and I will explore the potential to move from one basin of attraction to another. The primary constraints on modeling communication transformations are discovering the appropriate parameters and bracketing sequences to define initial conditions, constraints common to modeling all nonlinear processes.
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dc.format.extent19 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen
dc.sourceSociety for Chaos Theory in Psychology and Life Sciences Annual Conference, 2010, San Marcos, Texas, United States
dc.subjectChaos theoryen_US
dc.subjectComplexity theoryen_US
dc.subjectCommunication theoryen_US
dc.subject.classificationBusiness Administration, Management, and Operationsen_US
dc.subject.classificationCognitive Psychologyen_US
dc.subject.classificationCommunication Technology and New Mediaen_US
dc.subject.classificationEpistemologyen_US
dc.subject.classificationHistory of Philosophyen_US
dc.subject.classificationIndustrial and Organizational Psychologyen_US
dc.subject.classificationInterpersonal and Small Group Communicationen_US
dc.subject.classificationManagement Information Systemsen_US
dc.subject.classificationMetaphysicsen_US
dc.subject.classificationOrganizational Behavior and Theoryen_US
dc.subject.classificationOrganizational Communicationen_US
dc.subject.classificationPersonality and Social Contextsen_US
dc.subject.classificationPhilosophy of Languageen_US
dc.subject.classificationPhilosophy of Minden_US
dc.subject.classificationPhilosophy of Scienceen_US
dc.subject.classificationSocial Psychologyen_US
dc.subject.classificationSocial Psychology and Interactionen_US
dc.subject.classificationWork, Economy and Organizationsen_US
dc.titleKeynote Address: Finding the Sweet Spot in Human Communicationen_US
txstate.documenttypePresentation
txstate.departmentCommunication Studies


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