Communications

Language Ideologies in Animated Films: Why does that character sound like that?

Talla Khattat, Jacob Gutierrez, Edna Tovar, Grace Yang, Al Jackson, Espie Maldonado Why do all military characters in animation films have Southern accents? Throughout this blog, we aim to understand the world of languages in animated films and take you along with us. Audience members digest the creative choices that are made on screen and […]

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Manspreading: Myth, Message, or Management?

Cecilia Schmitz, Tommy Silva, Sinahi Torres, Ye Won Yoon  Communication takes a variety of forms including communication through the use of body language, but oftentimes different genders have shown differences in the way they use it to portray themselves. Previous research has indicated that men will participate in “manspreading” which consists of spreading out typically

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Expressions of Love and Satisfaction in Long-Distance vs. In-Person Relationships

Shadi Shans, Eleanor Moheban, Rishika Mehta, David Saidian, Monica Sargsyann As internet relationships become more widespread in the modern world, people are relying on creative methods to display their love digitally. The objective of this study was to investigate which of the two, online or in-person couples, enjoy a stronger sense of relationship satisfaction given

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Love Across Cultures: A Comparative Study of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication of Affection in Text Messages Among American and East Asian College Students

Yoonhye Kim, Yuka Tanaka, Asaka Minami, Eugene Jo, Zivana Ongko Have you ever wondered why a simple text message can be interpreted differently by people from different cultures? We were curious about how cultural differences affect communication in romantic relationships and identify the causes of miscommunication among people from different cultural backgrounds. This study compares

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A Talk About “The Talk”

Tess Ebrami-Homayun, Saba Kalepari, Hannah Pezeschki, Shaina Tavari One in five parents reports that they will never have a conversation regarding sex education with their children. The avoidance and uncomfortable nature of this conversation led us to explore the differences in communicative patterns between mothers and fathers to find what gives this conversation these attributes.

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Parent & Child Communication Dynamics in Heritage Language Speakers

Jessica Nepomnyshy, Andrew Gerbs, Christabel Odoi Language is often considered a window into a culture, but what happens when that window starts to close? In many families, heritage language communication can be a complex and nuanced issue, especially when it comes to older and younger siblings. While the older generation may have grown up speaking

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Body Language and Technology: AI Expressing Human Emotional Body Language

Kissan Desai, Elizabeth Reza, Aaron Zarrabi Within today’s society artificial intelligence has reached levels that were once deemed unimaginable, from simple computer programming to being able to perform tasks such as mimicking human emotional body language. However, the question at hand around artificial intelligence is: to what extent can artificial intelligence “accurately” express human EBL?

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The Curse of Online Miscommunication

Christie Nguyen, Taymor Flower, Tatiana Paredes, Risa Nagase With the burgeoning of technology, communication has drastically changed and shifted to texting on electronic devices. Unparalleled to this, conversations have become much more accessible, and texting has revolutionized the way we interact with one another, but at what cost? The purpose of this study was to

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Breaking the Code: Understanding the Dynamics of Gendered Communication through Report Talk and Rapport Talk

Xiaotong Xi, Jullie Gu, Yaruo Tang, Scarlet Gu This research explores Tannen’s original idea of report and rapport talk on gendered communication under a more modern context by investigating the conversational styles of college students aged 18-25. While previous research conducted by Tannen mainly utilized qualitative observational case studies, this research gathered quantitative data on

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