Rudimentary Definition Of Communication Essay

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The most rudimentary definition of communication is the act of connecting two isolated minds. Communication is the trade of thoughts. Thoughts can be characterized by specifics electrical impulses patterns throughout the brain. All stimuli which affect our sensory system are transformed into electrical energy which is sent to the brain by neurons. Activity within the brain is electrochemical, meaning the way we communicate with our self is through electrical impulses and chemical messages. Connecting two isolated minds requires more than just electrochemical communication between neurons. Since we cannot directly connect two minds, we must send messages between two minds in alternate ways. To take a thought from one mind and transmit it to …show more content…
This transmission is ultimately what we call communication. Language is a physical sign sent through a medium. The medium through which messages are transmitted will be referred to as the transmission medium. A transmission medium is anything through which a message can be sent, such as light, electricity, touch, or sound. The transmission medium through which we communicate language can take on different forms. In order for a transmitted message to be useful, both the sender and the receiver must relate the message to a similar meaningful mental representation. In order for this to happen, both parties must follow the same set of “rules” of interpreting a particular message and the medium through which it is sent. Each language has a set of rules. Analogous to this is grammar which dictates the proper use of written and verbal language. These rules are the arbitrary associations between the signifier (perhaps an image or a sound) and the signified, which is the mental picture evoked. This convention is referred to as the …show more content…
Transmission media most commonly fall under four categories: audible, visual, and tactile, and chemical. The many different types of transmission media allow for the definition of a language to be flexible and to move away from the common assumption of language being either verbal or nonverbal. There are many ways to express messages using language; we can speak language, dance it, write it, paint it and so on. Dance can be language, braille can be a language, even hugging can be a language. There are many different ways to hug someone and each way communicates a different message. The language of hugging is explored by Swedish medical doctors, An Lena M. Forsell and Jan A. Åström’s in their article, Meanings of hugging: from greeting behavior to touching implications (2012). In their publication, the circumstances under which hugging occurs is discussed, along with messages hugs can communicate such as a demonstration of love shared between family, an act of empathy and support during times of grief, or a display of excitement when two friends reunite. At first glance, giving a hug may not seem very informative but by hugging we can communicate messages of compassion and gratitude. Hugging is a tactile language because it conveys meaning through a touch based transmission medium. Braille is also a tactile language as it is defined as “a system of touch reading for the

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