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Cultural and Intercultural Communication

The cultural and intercultural communication group studies how culture and social norms affect people's communication in domains such as scientific communication, organizational processes, computer-mediated communication, and technology adoption. We consider issues of culture from a variety of perspectives, ranging from broad comparisons of national culture to the study of the meanings, activities and practices of everyday life among members of a single nation. Our methods include both qualitative and quantitative studies, in the field and in the lab. Recent projects include work on how culture shapes relationships with science information and priorities for science communication; how cultural and social norms influence the ways people incorporate communication technology into their everyday lives and how the adoption of new technology shapes cultural norms and practices; research on international computer-mediated communication; and studies the impact of culture on the development of network ties and on conflict resolution.