Chapter 3 Hedonistic-Driven Interactional Theories
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HEDONISTIC-DRIVEN INTERACTIONAL THEORIES
Hedonistic-driven interactional theories share the following characteristics: Two or more people motivated by reward-cost considerations alternatively think about a message delivered by the other, design a message in response, and deliver that message. As a consequence of their interaction, the people’s pleasure or pain can increase or decrease. There are a large number of theories within this category. One set of relevant theories is founded on the notion of social exchange. A second set of relevant theories describes behavioral adaptations that interactants make toward one another, particularly in the case of nonverbal behaviors. Paralleling the theories covered in Chapter 2, the social exchange theories are based on reinforcement principles and the behavioral adaptation theories are founded on notions of arousal level and homeostasis. Other examples of hedonistic-driven interactional theories covered here cover a wide range of additional areas of study.
Social Exchange Theories
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