Communication Studies Blog

Student-authored articles on current communication research

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Still Fight with Your Sibling?

By: Maddie Tubergen Siblings are so much fun, until you are trying to strangle one another. Even as we get older it still feels like we fight with our siblings like a couple of 8-year-old kids at grandma’s house. We are not entirely to blame for sibling quarrels. Research published by the Journal of Social …

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Like Mother, Like Daughter

By: Sarah Jenkins I have an amazing mother. Not only is she generous, hard-working and kind, but she is also the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. I love my mom. However, I grew up in a handful-of-almonds-for-lunch, 600-day-streak-on-MyFitnessPal, coffee-creamer-has-too-many-calories household. My mom would say how “bad” she’s being when we ate dessert together. …

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So, What’s Your Secret?

By: Sophie Rey Having secrets within families is nearly universal. In fact, one study suggests that nearly 97% of people have some form of a family secret. But what factors determine whether or not the secret gets brought out into the open and shared? Researchers in the field of communication wanted to dig deeper into …

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Stressed? You Should Call Your Mom

By: Tia Tricamo You’re a college student. It’s finals week. Five assignments due. Four exams. Three essays. Two group projects. One job application. Stressed is an understatement. For college students, stress is no stranger. From heavy classwork, to internships, to the job search, college students are faced with stressful situations constantly. This way of life …

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You Should Practice Yoga

By Erika Verellen Modern adults live fast-paced lives. To accomplish everything, we are always going, going, going. As such, young adults and specifically, college students, don’t take time to care for themselves. We have dozens of tasks to complete that we often forgo lunch or skip sleep in order to scratch off another task on …

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Are you a Helicopter Parent?

By: COM 2140 Family Communication Students COM 2140 Family Communication recently read a research study about family communication patterns and helicopter parenting of first-year college students. The 2021 study published in the Journal of Family Communication found that even well-meaning parents in conversational families engage in behaviors their students perceive as helicopter parenting. Unfortunately, the …

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The Impact of a Communication Course

By: Daphne Johnson How well can a college course prepare you for the real world? Can it meaningfully impact the way you think, even the way you act, in professional settings? Tel Aviv University researcher Orit Karnieli-Miller and colleagues investigated just those questions when they examined how a medical communications course affected medical students’ perceptions …

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This is Fun!

By: Mairi Collins From a baby’s first cry to a request to pass the salt, we communicate out of necessity. We need something, and so we ask for it, in one way or another. Necessity is certainly a driving force behind the impulse to communicate, and one that is universally recognized. However, research is beginning …

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