Human Communication eBook, 14th Edition

Joseph A. Devito

Human Communication eBook, 14th Edition

By Joseph A. Devito
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For courses in Introduction to Communication


A comprehensive overview of the theory, research, and skills of communication

Human Communication: The Basic Course provides an in-depth look at the fundamental concepts and principles of human communication. Writing for students with little prior background in the discipline, author Joseph DeVito provides the significant foundation needed for more specialised study of interpersonal, small group, and organisational communication, as well as public speaking. The Fourteenth Edition fully integrates the latest research as well as new examples, exercises, and photos to keep the text current and pedagogically effective.

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Joseph A. DeVito received a BA from Hunter College in 1960 (with a major in speech and a minor in Spanish), an MA from Temple University in 1962 (with a major in speech along with some sociology), and a PhD from the University of Illinois in 1964 (with a major in speech and a minor in linguistics). After receiving his PhD, DeVito returned to his alma mater, Hunter College-in-the-Bronx [which later became Lehman College], to teach. Later, he moved to Queens College and then to Hunter (from which he retired from full-time teaching)–all within the City University of New York. During his teaching career, DeVito taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, with a concentration on the undergraduate level and mainly on the introductory courses.

At various times, DeVito has served on the editorial boards of Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication Monographs, Communication Education, Communication Quarterly, Journal of Communication, and Etc: A Review of General Semantics. He has also served as consulting editor to publishers: Random House, Harper & Row, Waveland Press, and HarperCollins. He also served as ETS coordinator of the committee to construct the DANTES Public Speaking Test for the Educational Testing Service. A prolific author, DeVito has written or edited more than 20 books in the field of communication, including The Interpersonal Communication Book, Human Communication: The Basic Course, and Essentials of Human Communication, all published by Pearson.


Rich coverage and engaging features help students understand theory and master practical communication skills

  • Throughout the Fourteenth Edition, author Joseph DeVito continues to emphasise that mastering the concept of choice is essential to achieving communication competence.
    • This focus on choice is highlighted in the Journal: Communication Choice Points that appear in each major section of each chapter.
  • Providing a balance of theory and skill-building, the 14th Edition continues to emphasise research and theory on the one hand and practical communication skills on the other.
    • Understanding Theory and Research boxes (streamlined to one per chapter in this edition) explain how we know what we know about communication, describe how researchers go about expanding our knowledge of communication in all its forms, and introduce a variety of interesting theories and research findings.
    • Communication skills are not only integrated throughout the text but also emphasised in special exercises at the end of each chapter.
  • The Fourteenth Edition continues the emphasis on cultural issues that were a hallmark of previous editions, reflecting the crucial role of culture and intercultural differences in all forms of human communication.
    • An entire chapter – Chapter 2, Culture and Communication – explains the nature of culture, some of the ways in which cultures differ from one another, the influences cultural differences have on communication, and some of the ways students can improve their own intercultural communication.
    • Cultural issues also are integrated throughout the text through coverage of topics such as the different notions of politeness and conversation or how to take cultural differences into account when engaging in group communication and audience analysis.
    • NEW! Cultural Map features, presents cultural differences on a wide variety of issues.
  • Coverage of ethical issues remains a priority in the Fourteenth Edition. Because communication influences the thoughts and behaviors of others, ethics is central to all forms of communication.
    • Making Ethical Choices boxes in each chapter (with the exception of Chapter 1, where ethics is integrated into the text) highlight ethical principles, pose ethical dilemmas, and prompt students to make choices. These features connect ethical issues with the various topics of human communication and encourage students to think about their own ethical systems. Among the ethical issues considered are censoring messages and interactions; listening, speaking, and criticising ethically; and the ethics of lying, gossip, and emotional appeals.
  • Coverage of social media throughout the text explains the ways computer-mediated communication has changed the way we communicate. Topics covered include:
    • The ways in which online communication and face-to-face communication are similar and different;
    • The role of technology in increasing intercultural communication;
    • The ease of misperception in Internet interactions;
    • The advantages and disadvantages of online relationships; and
    • How to conduct and evaluate Internet research.
  • Media Literacy boxes are spread throughout the text and focus on the most important aspects of media literacy – the ability to understand, analyse, evaluate, and create media messages.
  • Viewpoints photos with captions prompt readers to consider a variety of communication issues, many of which are research based and/or focus on the themes of social media, the workplace, and culture.
  • The entirety of Part III of the text provides thorough coverage of public speaking. Chapters 14—16 cover the 10 essential steps for preparing and presenting a public speech. Chapters 17 and 18 cover the informative speech and the persuasive speech.
  • A special appendix, Public Speaking Sample Assistants, presents a variety of annotated speeches. This appendix contains several excellent speeches that show students what they should do in their own public speeches. In addition, two purposely poorly written speeches are included to illustrate what students will want to avoid.


A strong framework guides students as they learn

  • NEW! Many of the chapters have been reorganised into three to five main sections, a structure that is more conducive to learning and retention. These changes make the text narrative flow more freely and make the text easier to read and more easily adaptable to different teaching and learning styles.
  • Learning objectives highlight the major concepts and skills of each chapter. These appear at the beginning of each chapter, at the start of each major section, and in the summary at the end of the chapter. These learning objectives identify in precise terms what the student should be able to do after reading the text.
  • Exercises and questions at the end of each chapter cover a wide variety of essential communication skills and ask students to work actively with the concepts discussed in the text. Completing these exercises will help readers apply the material in the chapter to specific situations and thereby increase and perfect their own communication skills.
  • NEW! Summary tables and bulleted lists throughout the text summarise major sections, making it easier for students to review section content and retain it.
  • Essential terms in boldface and a glossary at the end of the text help students learn and review essential terms.


Table of contents
  • 1. Fundamentals of Human Communication
  • 2. Culture and Communication
  • 3. Perception of Self and Others
  • 4. Listening in Human Communication
  • 5. Verbal Messages
  • 6. Nonverbal Messages
  • 7. Interpersonal Communication and Conversation
  • 8. Interpersonal Relationship Stages and Theories
  • 9. Friends, Lovers, and Families
  • 10. Small Group Communication
  • 11. Members and Leaders
  • 12. Human Communication in the Workplace: Organizational Communication
  • 13. Interpersonal, Group, and Workplace Conflict
  • 14. Public Speaking Topics, Audiences, and Research
  • 15. Supporting and Organizing Your Speech
  • 16. Style and Delivery in Public Speaking
  • 17. The Informative Speech
  • 18. The Persuasive Speech