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President's Speaker Series

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Santa Clara Lecture Series

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Ethics at Noon

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics sponsors the Ethics at Noon lecture series. These lunch-hour programs provide a forum for SCU faculty members and other experts to explore ethical issues in many fields.

de Saisset Museum

The museum offers several lectures and programs based on current exhibitions.

The Importance of Being Prosocial: Communication, Health, and Well-Being with Dr. Kory Floyd (Arizona State)

Mar 11, 2014
11:00 a.m. - noon
Vari Hall, The Wiegand Center
(1st Floor of the Arts & Sciences Building)
Cost : Free
Communication Department ; Lambda Pi Eta, Communication Honor Society

This presentation explains the connection between interpersonal communication and the health of individuals and relationships. Dr. Kory Floyd of Arizona State University has spent several years exploring how prosocial communication, such as the expression of affection, benefits physical and mental health and the stability of close relationships. He will describe how positive, intimate communication leads to personal and interpersonal wellness and how individuals can use this information to maximize well-being in their own lives and relationships.

About Kory Floyd:

Professor Floyd's research focuses on the communication of affection in personal relationships, and on the interplay between communication, physiology and health. He has studied affectionate communication in a host of family relationships, as well as between romantic partners, friends, and new acquaintances. His work in the Communication Sciences Laboratory demonstrates how affectionate behavior can alter stress hormones, lower blood glucose, reduce lipids, and improve immune system parameters. His recent studies have investigated the role of the peptide hormone oxytocin in the stress-alleviating effects of affectionate communication and the potential genetic predictors of affectionate tendencies. Professor Floyd is editor-in-chief of Communication Monographs, past chair of the family communication division of the National Communication Association, and past editor of the Journal of Family Communication. He was the 2006 recipient of the Gerald R. Miller Award for Early Career Achievement from the International Association for Relationship Research. His most recent books are "Communication Matters" (McGraw-Hill, 2nd ed. 2013), "Widening the Family Circle" (Sage, 2nd ed. 2014), and "Public Speaking Matters" (McGraw-Hill, 2014).

In compliance with ADA/504, please direct all requests for accommodation to: Justin P. Boren, Department of Communication, 408-551-7057 or

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