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The Handbook of Communication Science and Biology

1st Edition

Edited by Kory Floyd, Rene Weber


464 pages | 23 B/W Illus.

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The Handbook of Communication Science and Biology charts the state of the art in the field, describing relevant areas of communication studies where a biological approach has been successfully applied. The book synthesizes theoretical and empirical development in this area thus far and proposes a roadmap for future research.

As the biological approach to understanding communication has grown, one challenge has been that research focused on media use/media effects and research focused on interpersonal/organizational communication have evolved separately and largely independently, often with little intellectual conversation between the two areas. The Handbook of Communication Science and Biology is the only book to bridge the gap between media studies and human communication and spur new work on both areas of focus.

With contributions from foremost scholars around the globe, this unique book comprehensively charts the field and sets the agenda for future research on the biological dimensions of communication behavior. Providing readers with an overview of the current state of affairs in this evolving field across its diverse epistemological, theoretical and methodological traditions, it serves as a seminal resource for the training of the current and next generation of communication scientists.


"Scientific research on the connections between the brain, biology, and social behavior is among the most cutting-edge inquiry taking place in the communication discipline today. Floyd and Weber have gathered the most influential scholars in that field and highlighted their contributions in the Handbook of Communication Science and Biology. This significant volume pushes the boundaries of neuroscience and communication science and offers guidance and resources for anyone seeking to understand how the mind and body intersect with human communication behavior. This contemporary text is sure to be valuable to scholars and students alike." Michael Gazzaniga, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

"Communication science and biology is one of the latest and most prominent extensions of the communication discipline, founded by a group of young, brilliant, and interdisciplinary-minded scholars who have successfully established a new interest group within the International Communication Association. Floyd and Weber now provide what I am sure will soon become the key volume of this area."Peter Vorderer, Professor of Media and Communication Studies; Fellow and former President of the International Communication Association

Table of Contents

Part 1: Communication Science and Biology 1. Introduction 2. Building communication science through the blue prints of DC Dennett & Robert Pirsig Part 2: Evolutionary Perspectives 3.Natural selection and the nature of communication 4. Costly signaling in human communication 5. Evolution, structure, and functions of human laughter 6. Behavior genetics and twin studies: Principles, methods, and analytical techniques for innovative communication research 7. Evolutionary reasoning in communication scholarship: Generating and testing sound hypotheses Part 3: Communication and Media Neuroscience 8. Mediated messages and synchronized brains9.The neuroscience of persuasion and information propagation: Key role of the mentalizing system 10.Social media in neuroscience research 11. A cognitive neuroscience perspective on political knowledge, misinformation, and memory for "facts" 12. Advancing the synchronization theory of flow experience 13. Attention, working memory, and media multitasking 14. Video gaming: A challenge for the brain’s reward system? 15.Biological perspectives of media violence and aggression 16. Virtual reality for communication neuroscience 17.Is there a cultural brain? Analyzing individual differences in processing media messages 18.Neuromarketing: How to choose the right measures 19.Investigating communication using peripheral nervous system measurement 20. The state-of-the-art and the future of brain imaging methodology in communication research Part 4: Interpersonal Communication 21.Emotion and emotional communication 22.The biology of affectionate communication23.Social support and physiology: Current trends and future directions 24. Developmental psychophysiology and the human stress response during communication 25. Physiological arousal while ruminating about conflict with a quantum application to relational observation 26. Communication, stress, and thriving in close relationships 27. Sexual communication and biology 28. The state-of-the-art and the future of "wet psychophysiology" in communication research Part 5: Integrated Perspectives29.How the LC4MP became the DHCCST: An epistemological fairy tale 30. The life of a model: Commentary on "How the LC4MP became the DHCCST"31. Bodies and minds in sync: Forms and functions of interpersonal synchrony in human interaction 32. Physically, biologically, and socially constructed notions of sex and gender in communication science 33. Communication and quantum cognition 34. Advancing the model of intuitive morality and exemplars

About the Editors

René Weber is a professor of communication at the University of California Santa Barbara and the director of UCSB’s Media Neuroscience Lab (

Kory Floyd is a professor of communication and professor of psychology at the University of Arizona.

About the Series

ICA Handbook Series

The ICA Handbook Series is a joint venture between the International Communication Association and Routledge. It is a series of scholarly handbooks that represent the interests of ICA members and help to further the association’s goals of promoting theory and research in the communication discipline.

These handbooks serve as benchmark summaries of current communication scholarship and set the agenda for future theory and research in the communication discipline. The series includes handbooks that consider content areas in communication research, methodological approaches to communication research, and theoretical lenses for scholarship in communication. The series volumes attempt to cross sub-disciplinary boundaries to address timely problems of international scope, not just representing different areas of the field but bringing them together to focus on intersecting problems and research interests. Such problems may be formulated as topical concerns (globalization; democracy; gaming and virtual environments; gender and sexuality), theoretical approaches (social cognition; critical studies), or matters of communication in general (communication theory across cultures; communication history).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
PSYCHOLOGY / Interpersonal Relations
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Neuroscience & Cognitive Neuropsychology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Neuroscience
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies