Title page for ETD etd-0417102-143155

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Choi, Charles
URN etd-0417102-143155
Title The Influence of Imagined Interactions on Verbal Fluency
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Speech Communication
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Loretta Pecchioni Committee Chair
Andrew King Committee Member
Renee Edwards Committee Member
  • communication apprehension
  • disfluency
  • imagined interactions
  • plan specificity
  • verbal fluency
  • planning
Date of Defense 2002-04-15
Availability unrestricted
Imagined interactions (IIs) are a type of social cognition and mental imagery whereby actors imagine an interaction with others for the purposes of planning. Within actual encounters, verbal fluency is a characteristic that contributes to the speaker's credibility. The planning that takes place through imagined dialogues can help a speaker overcome disfluency found in speech. This study shows that improvements in speaking style are also dependent upon the trait of communication apprehension that an individual experiences. Visualization can decrease apprehension levels, thus producing higher verbal fluency. Results from this study indicate planning's influence in the reduction of silent pauses but not vocalized pauses. Finally, the complexity of one's imagined dialogue has been found to play a role in an increase of verbal fluency.
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