Communication Studies

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Second Edition of Whitworth Professor's Book on the Biology of Human Communication Published

The second edition of Whitworth Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Alan Mikkelson's book about the relationship between biology and communication was published by Thomson Learning in April 2007. Mikkelson co-authored the second edition of The Biology of Human Communication: Issues and Applications with Kory Floyd, of Arizona State University, and 2003 Whitworth alumnus and communication-studies major Colin Hesse, who is now a first-year Ph.D. student at Arizona State University.

The book is divided into two sections: The first section reviews human systems that affect and are affected by communication. This section also addresses the topics of brain functioning, the nervous system, the endocrine system and facial musculature. The second section summarizes recent research that shows a direct connection between communication and biology, and includes topics such as love and sex, emotion, stress, attraction, conflict and parenting.

The first edition of The Biology of Human Communication: Issues and Applications was published in 2004, and was co-authored by Floyd, Mikkelson, and M.T. Haynes of Arizona State University.

Mikkelson earned a B.A. from Whitworth in 2000; he holds a master's degree and Ph.D. from Arizona State University. His areas of specialization and expertise include family communication, relational communication, nonverbal communication, religion and communication, and communication theory.


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