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Conversation as a Defining Moment for the Communication Discipline

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In this essay, the author makes the case that a defining moment for the communication discipline is to encourage increased uptake of embodied conversation. The essay shares illustrative examples and reviews research on issues such as loneliness, anxiety, social comparison, empathy, compassion, social media, electronic medical records, facial mimicry and more. It then describes various strategies that the communication discipline might employ in their research and pedagogy that motivate the practice of embodied conversation. The essay concludes with an invitation to communication scholars from a wide range of focus areas and generations to join in (re)creating “conversation as cool.”.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalHealth Communication
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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empathy
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Communication

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