Group Assignment

COMM 315-570

Group 5

Dorothy Atkins

Gregory Coleman

Larry Lock

Emily Schmidt

Sarah Wilson

Part 1 - Verbal Messages

Lie Witness News - Pope in LA Edition


Jimmy Kimmel sent one of his cameramen out on the streets in LA and convinced people that the Pope was still in town, even though he’d already left the country. The cameraman is using antisocial deception by making up things about the Pope, while the people are using self-enhancement deception to seem up to date on current affairs.

The Big Bang Theory - Sheldon ignored

Disconfirming Behavior

In this video, Raj makes a statement to the group about how wonderful tapioca pudding is which leads to Sheldon to begin giving his opinion on how chocolate pudding is ultimately the best. Howard interrupts Sheldon at the beginning of his speech to discuss his plans on growing a mustache. The group continues to talk over Sheldon and ignore what he has to say in regards to pudding.
Sherlock Holmes Scene "Dinner with Mary Morstan and Watson"


Beginning at 2:00 minutes into the video, Sherlock Holmes starts to make inferences about Mary Morstan at dinner where they have first met. Sherlock makes many claims that he believes to be completely factual as his detective skills are always right, but in the end he is wrong about some details and offends Mary.

Part 2 - Emotional Messages

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Emotional Ineptitude

Dexter's Lack of Empathy (antisocial personality disorder)

Emotionally Tone Deaf

This video shows multiple clips from the show "Dexter" where the main character, Dexter, shows his inability to listen empathetically.
Spoiled Kids in Walmart. Epic temper tantrum. Self Control Fail. Total mayhem rotten little bratz

Strategic Emotionality

This video shows two children throwing temper tantrums in WalMart because they desperately want their father to buy them toys.

Effects of Stress

This article made connections to how emotions can affect our bodies, specifically focusing on the effects stress has on the body. Some of the effects include a lowered immune system, hormonal imbalance, and increased blood pressure and cholesterol levels.


Effects of Heartache

Physical pain as well as heartache and social exclusion activate the Anterior Cingulate Cortex of the brain. This article and the video included discuss the physiological responses the body goes through during times of heartache.


Effects of High Blood Pressure

This article talks about the relationship between high blood pressure and emotions. It states that emotional dampening may hinder work performance.


Effects of Insomnia

"People who are losing the ability to regulate their emotions may be more likely to suffer from insomnia. And if they do, that insomnia is more likely to become persistent."


Effects of Joy

According to a study done by Professor Richard Davidson at the University of Wisconsin, happiness isn't just a vague feeling, but a physical state of the brain. " People who rate in the upper reaches of happiness on psychological tests develop about 50% more antibodies than average in response to flu vaccines, and that, says Davidson, "is a very large difference." This has appeared to reduce risk of disease and illnesses like the common flu or heart disease.


Effects of Panic

We can all think of a time when we were in a car when you had to swerve or you had to break really quickly and you experience a moment of panic. In times like this you probably started to sweat or experience an increase in heart rate. Panic often has many physical effects and different people experience different physical effects.


Effects of Fear

According to a study done by the University of Minnesota fear is a human emotion that is triggered be a perceived threat. It is a basic survival mechanism that signals our bodies to react/respond to danger with a fight or flight response.


Effects of Trauma

This is an article written buy Nathan Richards about the effects of trauma on the body. He studies the impacts of types of trauma and prolonged exposure to even moderate amounts of stress can have on a person's nervous system.


Part 3 - Conversational Messages

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Overdisclosing on Social Media

The Big Bang Theory - Penny's Christmas gift to Sheldon

Backhanded Comment

In this clip from The Big Bang Theory, Penny, Leonard, and Sheldon are exchanging Christmas gifts and there are some small backhanded comments throughout the segment between the three of them.
Elf the Movie

Graciously Accepting of a Compliment

Buddy compliment's Deborah's physical appearance after she hands him a cup of coffee. Deborah receives this compliment by saying, "You just made my day!"