Tyler Zimmerman

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This paper aims to understand how argumentativeness and humor orientation can affect a communicator’s perception of social support availability. Emotional support is a communicative behavior that happens on a daily basis and mediates professional, social, and romantic relationships. Seeking emotional support from others is an important aspect of social interaction and can either positively or negatively affect relationships. Adopting communibiological presumptions and a trait theory perspective on communication, this research project seeks to understand and test relationships among argumentativeness as humor orientation and the perceived social support availability. By understanding how social perceptions might interact with personal traits, researchers can better understand and predict people’s actions and interpretations.


Argumentativeness; Communication Research; Interpersonal communication; Personality traits; Social Psychology

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CST 510: Communication Theory Capstone Project

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