Communication and Human Behavior / Edition 5

Paperback (Print)
Rent from
(Save 75%)
Est. Return Date: 07/29/2015
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 39%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $5.47
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 96%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (12) from $5.47   
  • New (2) from $105.15   
  • Used (10) from $5.47   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

0205417906 New. Has the slightest of shelf wear (like you might see in a major bookstore chain). Looks like an interesting title! We provide domestic tracking upon request, ... provide personalized customer service and want you to have a great experience purchasing from us. 100% satisfaction guaranteed and thank you for your consideration. Read more Show Less

Ships from: Chicago, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:


Condition: New
<b style='color: #000'>Brand new!</b> Ships same day or next business day. Free USPS Tracking Number. Excellent Customer Service. Ships from TN

Ships from: Nashville, TN

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by


Communication and Human Behavior offers students a broad introduction to the study of communication. Expansive yet integrated, rigorous yet readable, this text presumes that the study of communication in human affairs is a complex phenomenon with important and far-reaching effects. Employing a thorough description of a variety of approaches and using the cohering insights of systems theory, Communication and Human Behavior presents the broad and colorful landscape of the field to students, outlines the history of communication study, and focuses on communication as a basic life process. Further, it develops an awareness of verbal and nonverbal codes used in sending and receiving messages, and examines the role of media in multiple contexts of human life.

New and Enduring Features

  • An increased emphasis on the most up-to-date research in the field and how it relates to key aspects of students' everyday lives.
  • “Research Profiles” highlight the work of contemporary scholars in the Communication field, allowing students to see what types of field research are currently being done and by whom.
  • Several topics new to this edition include communication technology, family communication, and leadership.
  • The text offers extensive and well-informed information on the nature of persuasion and the rhetorical basis of the field, making students aware of the power of language and of their need to consider their audience.
  • A chapter on public speech communication introduces the fundamentals of speech communication and mass communication.
  • Special topics like animal vs. human communication, ethical issues, diversity issues, gender issues, and intercultural communication show students how variously and completely the communication process shapes their lives.
  • The text provides coverage of theory (and contemporary research) by discussing significant issues in communication theory both historically and in contemporary society, while demonstrating to students the relevance of communication theory for their lives.
Praise for Communication and Human Behavior

“A useful, comprehensive overview of the communication discipline's major topic areas. I like the way the overall book is organized and ordered in its chapters. There is a natural flow…with later chapters building on earlier work.”
Julie Apker, Western Michigan University

“In short, this text is written to enhance teaching and effective learning using a variety of effective methods.”
Donna R. Munde, Mercer County Community College

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

A comprehensive look at human communication as a fundamental life process from the level of individual to organizations and society. Fourteen chapters cover: definitions and theories, the development of communication study, basic function, message reception and interpretation, verbal and nonverbal codes, the media, relationships, groups, organizations, cultures and societies, and public and mass communication. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205417902
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 5/5/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction-Definitions and Theories.

Why Study Communication?

Theories: Guides for Analysis and Action.

Defining Communication.

Fundamentals of Communication.

Communication: A Definition.

Goals of Communication and Human Behavior.

2. The Field of Communication.

Early Communication Study.

The 1900s - 1930s: Development of Speech and Journalism.

The 1940s and 1950s: Interdisciplinary Growth.

The 1960s: Integration.

The 1970s and Early 1980s: Growth and Specialization.

The Late 1980s - 1990s: The Information Age.

The Twenty-First Century: Communication Study Today

3. The Evolution of Communication Theory

The Evolution of an Idea

The Twentieth Century

Communication Theory in the Twenty-First Century

Reflections on the Evolution of Communication Theory

4. Communication--A Basic Life Process.

Communication Processes in Animals and Humans.

Communication Modes.

Basic Functions of Communication.

Beyond S-M-R=E: The Adaptation Perspective.

5. Fundamentals of Human Communication.

The Communication Iceberg.

Visible Aspects of Communication.

Invisible Aspects of Communication.

6. Message Reception.



Retention - Memory.

Receiver Influences.

Message (Information) Influences.

Source Influences.

Technological and Environmental Influences.

An Active and Complex Process.

7. Verbal Messages.

Message Production.

Encoding and Decoding.

Process Versus Meaning-Centered Models of Communication

The Nature of Language.

Language Acquisition.



Social and Public Communication.

8. Nonverbal Messages.

Similarities between Verbal and Nonverbal Communication.

Differences between Verbal and Nonverbal Communication.


The Face.

The Body.




Messages and Meanings: MS=MR.

9. Media.

The Tool-Making Animal.

Media and Their Functions.

Types of Media.

Evolution of Communication Media: From Smoke Signals to the Internet.

Impact of Media on Contemporary Life.

Technological Convergence.

The International Scene.

Mediated Communication: A Mixed Blessing.

Media and the Quality of Life.

10. The Individual.

Reaction, Action, and Interaction.


Cognitive Development.




11. Relationships.

Interpersonal Communication and Relationships.

Types of Relationships.

The Evolution of Relationships.

Relational Patterns.

Factors That Influence Patterns.

12. Groups.

Groups: Fiction and Fact.

Why People Join Groups.

Types of Groups.

Group Development.

Group Culture: Symbols, Rules, and Codes.


Roles and Responsibilities.



Conflicts in Groups.

Mediated Groups.

13. Organizations.

Communication and Organizations.

Organizational Goals.

Roles and Responsibilities.

Management Functions.

Organizational Theories.

Communication Networks.

Organizational Culture.

Organizational Climate.

Organizational Diversity.

14. Cultures and Societies.

The Nature of Culture.

The Relationship between Communication and Culture.

Characteristics of Culture.

The Role of Mediated Communication.

Cultural Adaptation.

Intercultural Communication.

Societies--Complex Cultural and Communication Systems.

Information Societies.

International Communication: The Global Village — Fact or Fiction.

15. Public and Mass Communication.

What Is Public and Mass Communication?

The Role of Public and Mass Communication.

Understanding Public Communication.

Understanding Mass Communication.

The Effects of Public and Mass Communication.


Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)