Communication Theory, Faulty Assumptions, and Decision Making in Public Speaking


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What is a psychological phenomenon in which an individual's perception of another individual or company influences his or her thoughts and opinions about the individual or company's reputation?

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1. What is the psychological phenomenon in which an individual will react more favorably to another that matches his or her perceived level of attractiveness?

2. Jim loves his new smartphone and has been telling his friends about how great it is. Recently, the brand has been getting some bad press about poor working conditions. Jim blows this off as just a rumor. This could be an example of what type of psychological phenomenon?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will gauge your understanding of faulty assumptions in public speaking. You'll be tested on the psychological phenomena that can lead to faulty assumptions and asked to identify examples.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The practice questions will ask you about the following psychological phenomena:

  • Halo Effect
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
  • Matching Hypotheses

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - understand the concept of faulty assumptions in public speaking
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about faulty assumptions in public speaking in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as Halo Effect and Matching Hypotheses
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about psychological phenomena

Additional Learning

To learn more about the psychological phenomena that can lead to faulty assumptions, review the accompanying lesson on Faulty Assumptions in Public Speaking. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about communication theory and faulty assumptions
  • Explore three phenomena that can lead to faulty assumptions
  • Learn how to use positive visualization to counter faulty assumptions