Communication Yearbook 18 originally published in 1995 focuses on cognitive approaches to the study of human communication, examining topics such as the formation of interaction goals, cognitive models of message production, mindfulness and minlessness in message processing and attention to televised messages. Sections two and three concentrate on the communicative management of health and environmental risks, critical analyses of classical approaches to risk communication and the ways in which people are connected through diverse forms of communicative behavior, including supportive relationships, electronic mail systems and ideologies. Commentaries in each section provide alternative perspectives on the state of research, extend issues of significance and help engage the reader with contemporary debates.
Section 1: Cognitive Approaches to Communication: Planning, Producing, and Processing Messages 1. Elaborating the Cognitive Rules Model of Interaction Goals: The Problem of Accounting for Individual Differences in Goal Formation Steven R. Wilson 2. Production of Messages in Pursuit of Multiple Social Goals: Action Assembly Theory Contributions to the Study of Cognitive Encoding Processes John O. Greene 3. Managing the Flow of Ideas: A Local Management Approach to Message Design Barbara J. O’ Keefe and Bruce L. Lambert 4. An Appraisal and Revision of the Constructivist Research Program John Gastil 5. Language, Fallacies, and Mindlessness-Mindfulness in Social Interaction Judee K. Burgoon and Ellen J. Langer 6. Attention to Television and Some Methods for Its Measurement Tom Grimes and Jeanne Meadowcroft 7. Cognitive Interpersonal Communication Research: Some Thoughts on Criteria Dean E. Hewes 8. Is the "Golden Age of Cognition" Losing Its Luster? Toward a Requirement-Centred Perspective Vincent R. Waldron Section 2: Communication About Health and Environmental Risks: Developments in Theory and Research 9. Using the Theory of Reasoned Action to Examine the Impact of Health Risk Messages Robert J. Griffin, Kurt Neuwirth and Sharon Dunwoody 10. Generating Effective Risk Messages: How Scary Should Your Risk Communication Be? Kim Witte 11. Corporate Environmental Risk Communication: Cases and Practices Along the Texas Gulf Coast Robert L. Heath 12. Attaining a State of Informed Judgements: Towards a Dialectical Discourse on Risk Napoleon K. Juanillo, Jr. and Clifford W. Scherer 13. What Risk Communicators Need to Know: An Agenda for Research Katherine E. Rowan 14. Moving Toward a Framework for the Study of Risk Communication: Theoretical and Ethical Considerations Rajiv Nath Rimal, BJ Fogg and June A. Flora Section 3: Modes of Connecting Through Communication: Discourse, Relationships, Technology, and Ideology 15. Micromanaging Expert Talk: Hosts’ Contributions to Televised Computer Product Demonstrations Robert E. Nofsinger 16. Studying Conversational Interaction in Institutions Robert W. Hopper 17. An Experimental Approach to Social Support Communications: Interactive Coping in Close Relationships Anita P. Barbee and Michael R. Cunningham 18. The Communicative Microdynamics of Support Daena J. Goldsmith 19. Social Impacts of Electronic Mail in Organizations: A Review of the Research Literature Laura Garton and Barry Wellman 20. Don’t Blink or You’ll Miss It: Issues in Electronic Mail Research Michael E. Holmes 21. A Kinder, Gentler Discipline: Feeling Good About Being Mediocre Michael Burgoon 22. Ideology in Interpersonal Communication: Beyond the Couches, Talk Shows, and Bunkers Malcolm R. Parks