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Physiological Noise in Communication: Definition & Examples

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Instructor: Shawn Grimsley
Physiological noise can be a serious problem in communication. In this lesson, you'll learn about physiological noise and its concepts and be given some examples. A short quiz follows the lesson.

Definition of Physiological Noise

Physiological noise is a distraction caused by some physiological process that interferes with the communication process. Communication is the process of transmitting information from one person to another. Noise is any type of disruption that interferes with the transmission or interpretation of information from the sender to the receiver. There are different types of noise, such as physical noise, psychological noise, semantic noise, and of course, physiological noise.

Unlike many other forms of noise, physiological noise manifests from the inside of either the receiver or sender of the message and is caused by a physiological process. Physiological processes are the physical and chemical functions of your body. Examples of physiological processes include hunger, fatigue, headaches, pain, and physiological effects from medicine that affects the way you think or feel.

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