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Communication Competence by Brian H. Spitzberg, Annegret F. Hannawa

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Michael J. Beatty and Paola Pascual-Ferrá

11Genetics and communication competence

Abstract: Behavioral genetics research has indicated that a wide range of social behaviors and behavioral patterns are functions of neurobiological structures that are partly determined by genetic inheritance. Aspects of social behaviors associated with the dimensions of communication competence are among them. This chapter reviews the relevant research and theory.

Keywords: genetic inheritance, neurobiological moderators, studies of twins, genetics, message processing

Everyday experience is probably sufficient to lead to the conclusion that some people are more competent than others in social situations. Even casual observation reveals that, at one end of the continuum ...

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