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Ch 1: Human Communication Processes

About This Chapter

Let us help you better understand important aspects of human communications processes. You can use our helpful video and text lessons to study various aspects of rhetoric, including rhetorical devices and the effects of rhetoric.

Human Communication Processes - Chapter Summary

Go through each of these lessons to examine major dimensions of human communications processes. You'll pick up helpful information about the different types of rhetoric and how perception influences the communication process. Our instructors are experts in their fields, and they convey what you need to know clearly and informatively. After you review the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Define rhetoric, classical rhetoric and contemporary rhetoric
  • Explain the importance of communication and the communication process
  • Describe rhetorical shifts and the rhetorical triangle
  • Illustrate rhetorical devices
  • Analyze how rhetoric affects audience

Go directly to points you want to focus on in each video by using the timeline tags. You can also find key vocabulary set off in bold print in the accompanying video transcript. Once you're comfortable with these topics, use the practice quiz questions to assess your retention.

9 Lessons in Chapter 1: Human Communication Processes
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What is Rhetoric? - Definition, Devices & Examples

1. What is Rhetoric? - Definition, Devices & Examples

If you don't read this lesson, you'll never understand what rhetoric means! That may or may not be true; it's probably just hyperbole. Read about the different definitions of rhetoric and some of its most popular means of persuasion.

Identifying & Understanding Classical Rhetoric

2. Identifying & Understanding Classical Rhetoric

The field of rhetoric, or the study of argument and persuasion, dates back to Ancient Greece. The three most important scholars of what we now call classical rhetoric - Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle - introduced concepts of rhetoric that are still used today.

Identifying Contemporary Rhetoric

3. Identifying Contemporary Rhetoric

This lesson will familiarize you with the concept of rhetoric and identify its application in the language of President Bush's 'Homeland Security' speech of 2002.

What is Communication? - Definition & Importance

4. What is Communication? - Definition & Importance

Any task or transaction that requires more than one person can only be successfully completed with communication. In this lesson, you'll learn what communication is, types of communication and the importance of communication.

The Communication Process

5. The Communication Process

This lesson describes the process of communication. Terms such as sender, receiver, channel, encoding, decoding, noise, and feedback will be defined and explained with examples.

How Perception Influences the Communication Process

6. How Perception Influences the Communication Process

Perception's effect on the communication process is all about how the same message can be interpreted differently by different people. Distortions, such as stereotypes, projections and halo effects, all affect worker relationships and productivity.

Rhetorical Shift: Definition & Examples

7. Rhetorical Shift: Definition & Examples

Just like shifting sands in a desert, a rhetorical shift can be hard to detect. In this lesson, you'll uncover just how these stylistic variations work and even get to pick out some examples from a very famous speech.

Rhetorical Triangle: Definition & Example

8. Rhetorical Triangle: Definition & Example

In this lesson, we will explore the persuasive appeals of the rhetorical triangle, including logos, pathos, and ethos. Learn how these three parts of communication work together in an argument.

Rhetorical Device: Definition & Examples

9. Rhetorical Device: Definition & Examples

Rhetorical devices are used in language to communicate effectively and persuade. Here you'll discover more about rhetorical devices and learn how to put some of them to use in some persuasion of your own.

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