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The Department of Communication Studies offers many kinds of events, most free and open to the public. We organize and sponsor numerous lectures, workshops and conferences over the course of the academic year. Our programming covers a wide range of topics and features presenters from diverse disciplines and is designed to foster an understanding of the mass media and emerging media.


Communication and Media Speaker Series

Professor Annie Lang, "Evolved, embodied, embedded communication: Animals, Representations, Symbols, Deep Attractors, & Grand Theft Auto"
Thursday, February 15, 2018
4:00-5:30 PM
Space 2435 North Quad Map
This talk explores how assumptions about humans as evolved, embodied and embedded biological nested systems can be used to approach communication as a an adaptation that evolved to increase short term survival. Studies are presented testing hypotheses derived from this approach which explore how pictures differ from words, how persuasion can be conceptualized as the dynamic destabilization of behavioral states, how action perception theories reshape our understanding of what we remember from media, and how video games function to destabilize real world behavioral attractors and create game attractors through action in a virtual world.
Building: North Quad
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Behavioral Attractors, Communication, Game Attractors, Grand Theft Auto
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Communication Studies

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