Best Reference Books – Introduction to Human Communication

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Introduction To Human Communication subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Introduction To Human Communication along with reviews.

Kindly note that we have put a lot of effort into researching the best books on Introduction To Human Communication subject and came out with a recommended list of top 10 best books. The table below contains the Name of these best books, their authors, publishers and an unbiased review of books on "Introduction To Human Communication" as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not impact our reviews, comparisons, and listing of these top books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

1. “Interpersonal Communication: An Introduction to Human Interaction” by Brent C Oberg

“Interpersonal Communication: An Introduction to Human Interaction” Book Review: This book is written to provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of interpersonal communication. It is designed for introductory communication courses at both undergrad and postgrad levels. The text begins by defining ‘Interpersonal Communication” and discusses its history, the different levels, and the communication process. It then discusses in detail how to make contact with others, required listening skills, and non-verbal communication. The text then spends some time exploring conflicts, how they arise, and how to resolve them. The sixth chapter, ‘Persuasion’ talks about Aristotle’s philosophy on persuasion and how to structure a persuasive message. The book explores leadership skills, family communication and finally, intercultural communication. All these concepts are explained with real-life examples, diagrams, charts and illustrations.

2. “Human Communication Across Cultures: A Cross-Cultural Introduction to Pragmatics and Sociolinguistics” by Vincent Remillard and Karen Williams

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“Human Communication Across Cultures: A Cross-Cultural Introduction to Pragmatics and Sociolinguistics” Book Review: This book intends to teach its reader how human communication takes place. It is designed for undergraduate students of the Linguistics field. The text begins with an introduction to language, communication, culture, followed by a detailed look at the structural features of language. The book then concisely explores pragmatics, routine, speech acts, organizational communications, etc. The major focus of the book is on the last 5 chapters. It spends time discussing in detail the influence, social factors have on the way we use language. It looks at how dialects evolve, how language operates in relation to ethnicity and gender. The book presents its content in well-structured chapters. The book is designed as an interactive workbook as well. Each chapter has detailed examples, small tasks and end-of-chapter questions. The bullet point summary at the end of each chapter helps students consolidate their learnings.

3. “Thinking Through Communication: An Introduction to the Study of Human Communication” by Sarah Trenholm

“Thinking Through Communication: An Introduction to the Study of Human Communication” Book Review: This book provides readers with an understanding of the fundamental theories and principles of communication. It is designed for undergraduate and postgraduate students taking introductory communication courses. The book discusses interpersonal communication, mass media communication and organizational communication. The book is split into two parts. The first focuses on the history of the study of communication and discusses the basic perspectives that scholars of the field hold. The second part focuses on the technical aspects such as encoding, decoding, context, barriers, structure, etc. Special focus is given to examine how technological advancements have influenced our perception of ‘Communication’ and discusses critical theory surrounding this topic. The book provides examples, practical and research guidelines to impart a well rounded understanding of the subject.

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4. “The Communication Web: An Introduction to Human Communication Processes” by Sandra Alspach
5. “Introduction to Human Communication: Understanding and Sharing” by Judy C Pearson and P Nelson

“Introduction to Human Communication: Understanding and Sharing” Book Review: This textbook helps students develop their skills in interpersonal communications, organizational communications, group discussions, public speaking, etc. This book is designed for students taking any introductory communication course. The book is split into 3 parts. The first defines communication, explains its fundamentals and different types. The second part explores in detail, the different contexts in which communication takes and how subtle changes in cues and motions while communicating can entirely change the meaning of the message. The final part focuses on public speaking. It teaches the reader how to select topics, present evidence, how to be persuasive and how to aid your presentations with visual resources. The book contains numerous end-of-chapter questions and online resources.

6. “Introduction to Humans in Engineered Systems” by Deborah A Boehm–Davis and Roger Remington

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“Introduction to Humans in Engineered Systems” Book Review: This textbook is intended for the use of Undergraduate students in the Human Factors Engineering field. It is designed to introduce the major concepts of human engineering, provide historical context for the science and show the reader how human-engineering has been applied in the real world. The book is organized into four thematic areas. The first section prepares the reader for the rest of the book by providing a fundamental understanding of the human as a component of the system. The second introduces control theory and the quantitative techniques used for human-system analysis. The third focuses on the limitations of a human’s adaptability. The final part shows students how to apply the concepts learned so far in the real world by analysing a real life case study of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The book teaches these concepts with practical examples and an interactive website with exercises, extra material, case studies, etc.

7. “Human Communication: The Basic Course” by Joseph A Devito

”Human Communication: The Basic Course” Book Review: This text is for both undergraduate and postgraduate students taking a Introductory Communication course. It introduces the fundamental concepts and principles of human communication. The book is split into three parts. Part one lays down the foundations of human communication and explains in detail, each component of the communication process. The second part focuses on interpersonal communication and the different types. Organizational communication, small group communication, and the conflicts that may arise here are explored in detail. The final part focuses on public speaking. It intends to improve the public speaking skill of the reader by teaching them how to do research, organize presentations, being persuasive, etc. The book teaches its concepts with the help of diagrams, examples and end-of-chapter quizzes.

8. “A Survey of Human Communication” by Michael A Griffin

”A Survey of Human Communication” by Michael A Griffin Book Review: This book presents an overview of the speech and communication studies areas. It is designed for both undergraduate and postgraduate students taking an Introductory Communication course. It tackles the view of human communication through the transactional model of communication. The text starts with an introduction to communication basics, purposes, principles, context, etc. It lays the foundation to learn the remainder of the text. An entire chapter is dedicated to the listening process. The main area of focus is interpersonal communications and its different types. Topics such as verbal and non-verbal communication, conflict, perception, etc are explored in detail here. The other major area is public speaking. Here the reader learns how to select topics, do research, prepare presentations and be assertive. All these concepts are explained with the help of examples, diagrams and flowcharts.

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9. “Human Communication in Everyday Life: Explanations and Applications” by Jason S Wrench and James C McCroskey

“Human Communication in Everyday Life: Explanations and Applications” Book Review: This book provides a survey of human communication in relation to different contextual circumstances. It is aimed at undergrad and postgrad students taking introductory communication courses. The book is based on research conducted in this field over the past 30 years. It is split into two sections. Section one focuses on the principles of communication. Here the communication process and each of its elements are examined in detail. This serves as a foundation for section two which deals with communication in different applied contexts. This takes the foundational knowledge and applies them in multiple real world settings such as public speaking, interorganizational communication, intercultural communication, etc. Each chapter contains examples with pop-culture references, practice questions and research measures.

10. “Communication and Human Behavior” by Brent D Ruben and Lea P Stewart

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“Communication and Human Behavior” Book Review: This book serves as an introduction to the study of communication. It is meant for undergraduate students who are in the communication sciences field. The book introduces communication theory and explains its applicability in real life practice. The book begins with a brief history of the study of communication over the decades; from its origins in the 1930’s to the 21st century. It then introduces communication theory, its evolution and its principles. The book then takes an in-depth look at the fundamentals of communication. Areas such as verbal and non-verbal communication, media, relationships, cognitive development are explored in detail. The book also focuses on communication between persons, communication in a group, organization, work place, etc. The impact of technology on the evolution of communication sciences is also discussed.

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