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LINGUIST List 17.1699

Mon Jun 05 2006

Diss: Cognitive Science: Gezgin: 'Relationship of Bodily Communication'

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Message 1: Relationship of Bodily Communication
Date: 05-Jun-2006
From: Ulas Gezgin <ulasbasaryahoo.com>
Subject: Relationship of Bodily Communication


Institution: Middle East Technical University
Program: Department of Cognitive Science
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2006

Author: Ulas Basar Gezgin

Dissertation Title: Relationship of Bodily Communication

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science

Dissertation Director:
Faruk Gencoz
Sukriye Ruhi
Bilge Say
Unsal Yetim
Deniz Zeyrek

Dissertation Abstract:

Why are there individual differences in people's bodily communication
performance success? Which variables may be responsible for the variation
in the performance success? Which analogies would appear to dominate in
bodily communication, and in what ways would the metaphorization and
metonymization processes operate? In this study, the relationship of bodily
communication performance with cognitive and personality variables was
investigated. 218 students participated to the first phase of the study
while 88 of them participated to the second phase of it. In the first
phase, a set of tests was given successively to determine the levels of
certain cognitive and personality variables. In the experimental setting,
the participants were instructed to communicate certain words one by one
nonverbally just as in the 'Silent Movie' game. The stability of bodily
communication expectancy ratings, the factor structure of bodily
communication performance and the frequency of the ways of representation
for each word were analyzed. Interrater reliability analysis, third eye
analysis and case studies were conducted; the unsuccessful representations
were described and finally, structural equation modeling results were
presented. The theories and research on personality and cognition,
metaphors, metonymies, analogies, bodily representations, mind-reading,
pragmatics and the notion of relevance were reviewed in the dissertation
and after the exposition of the strategies, schemata and scripts employed
in the experiments, a model of bodily communication was proposed aiming to
integrate the manifold aspects of bodily communication.



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