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Posted By Administration, Monday, April 2, 2018

New Book on Uncertainty and Close Relationships

The Experience and Expression of Uncertainty in Close Relationships

by Jennifer A. Theiss - Rutgers U

Cambridge University Press

Close relationships are an important and desired aspect of the human experience; but as individuals pursue intimacy and connection with others, they will encounter a variety of questions about the nature, status, and future of their relationships. Consequently, uncertainty is an inevitable and unavoidable element of close relationships. It can arise in response to a variety of relational circumstances and can shape the ways that partners think, feel, and act toward one another. This book summarizes the expansive body of theoretical and empirical research regarding the nature of uncertainty, the conditions that promote uncertainty about relational involvement, and the emotional, cognitive, and communicative outcomes of uncertainty for individuals and their relationships. Based on the robust accumulation of data about uncertainty in close relationships, the book also offers recommendations for coping with ambiguous relational circumstances and proposes new directions for conceptualizing and studying uncertainty in close relationships.


Book Announcement: The Toxic Meritocracy of Video Games: Why Gaming Culture is the Worst

An avid gamer and sharp media critic explains meritocracy’s negative contribution to video game culture—and what can be done about it New media critic and longtime gamer Christopher A. Paul explains how video games’ focus on meritocracy empowers a negative culture—from the deep-bred misogyny to the endemic malice of abusive player communities. He suggests ways to ultimately foster a more diverse, accepting, and self-reflective culture that is not only good for gamers but for good for video games as well.

The book is written to be read by a broad audience, including game developers and players.

More information is available from the publisher at:


"Robot Journalism: Can Human Journalism Survive?"

Publisher: World Scientific.

link :


Hamilton Bean,

New Issue of Secrecy and Society Available

The latest issue of Secrecy and Society addresses how ideology and popular beliefs are constituted through knowledge claims such as "alternative facts," disinformation, disingenuous rhetoric, “populist conspiracy theory,” "post-truth," and propaganda. The inspiration for this special issue is Richard Hofstadter’s paranoid style in politics, which includes ideas on authoritarianism, history as conspiracy, and anti-intellectualism. Articles in this issue of Secrecy and Society explore conspiracy and paranoia in the Twitterverse, “elliptical secrets,” comparative views of secrecy and the paranoid style in politics, “black box secrecy” in education, and the Cold War Psychological Strategy Board. Issue 2 continues with a discussion of the Joint Declaration on Freedom of Expression and “Fake News,” Disinformation, and Propaganda, several book reviews, and an analysis of freedom of information requests submitted to Australian and U.S. government agencies on torture of Australian citizens. Articles available at:


Josh Compton,

Book Announcement: Jackson, Dimmock, and Compton's Persuasion and Communication in Sport, Exercise, and Physical Activity

Persuasion and Communication in Sport, Exercise, and Physical Activity (2018), Routledge Edited by Ben Jackson (University of Western Australia), James Dimmock (University of Western Australia), and Josh Compton (Dartmouth College)

We are pleased to announce the publication of our edited collection, which we describe in the book's introduction as:

"Communication in sport, exercise, and physical activity is both frequent and diverse in its nature. Good communication skills are critical for coaches who work to improve athletic performance, for members of sport teams striving to reach their potential, and for parents seeking to promote their child’s physical activity levels. Communication processes also help determine the practitioners, exercise instructors, and physical educators who are able to inspire and motivate those under their guidance (versus those who are not). And, when we participate in sport and exercise, we use verbal and non-verbal communication as we attempt to manage our own and others’ impressions of us. Beyond these interpersonal exchanges, mass communication (e.g., impersonal messaging) efforts are also frequently used by government organizations, health authorities, workplaces, and schools to encourage sport, exercise, and physical activity participation.

How, then, can we learn from theory and research to ensure that these communication efforts – in their many forms – actually achieve their intended outcomes? This question guided our thoughts when devising the concept for this book, as did our aim to provide coverage of the various communication types outlined above. As an editorial team, we count ourselves extremely fortunate, therefore, that we were able to recruit leaders from the fields of persuasion, communication, social psychology, and sport and exercise psychology, to address a range of key topic areas. By providing contemporary theoretical and research coverage, alongside practical recommendations for message design and communication methods, we hope this book will not only stimulate new research developments, but also enable individuals and organizations to communicate their physical activity messages more effectively.”

Ben Jackson

University of Western Australia

James Dimmock

University of Western Australia

Josh Compton

Dartmouth College


Professors Lars Willnat (Syracuse University), David H. Weaver (Indiana University) and G. Cleveland Wilhoit (Indiana University) have published the fourth American Journalist book, The American Journalist in the Digital Age:  A Half-Century Perspective, with Peter Lang Publishing in November 2017.

Here is the link to more detailed information:

The American Journalist in the Digital Age--


Dale Hample,

Book Announcement: Hample, Interpersonal Arguing

My new book has just been published by Peter Lang: Dale Hample (2018), Interpersonal Arguing (New York: Peter Lang).  Some chapters have tables of statistics, some advanced, so it probably won't work for freshmen or sophomores without extra instructor effort.  Here is the Table of Contents:

1. A Conceptual Inventory

2. Argument Frames

3. Argument Situations

4. Serial Arguments

5. The Rationality Engine

6. Relational Dialogues

7. Arguing and Culture

8. The Processes of Interpersonal Arguing

Appendix: Instrumentation

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