The Effects of Accumulated Underaccommodation on Perceptions of Underaccommodative Communication and Speakers

Jessica Gasiorek, Marko Dragojevic

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Abstract

This study examined the effects of repeated instances of underaccommodation (i.e., insufficiently adjusted communication) on people's perceptions and evaluations of communication and speakers. Participants (N = 179) completed a series of three map-based tasks that required them to follow directions that contained insufficient information. Consistent with hypotheses, as underaccommodation accumulated across tasks, participants inferred less positive motives for the speaker's communication, and inferences about motive for each task contributed directly and indirectly to overall evaluations of both the speaker and their communication. These results indicate that accumulated underaccommodation is consequential, and underscore the theoretical importance of motive attributions to predicting reactions to underaccommodation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-294
Number of pages19
JournalHuman Communication Research
Volume43
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017

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© 2017 International Communication Association

Keywords

  • Communication Accommodation Theory
  • Message Processing
  • Motive
  • Underaccommodation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Linguistics and Language

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