Referees' reports - 2012
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Reports: "Resonant communicators, effective communicators. Communicator’s flow and credibility"
This research presents an innovative cognitive and affective intervention in a training programme for students of Journalism and Audiovisual Communication, which was applied to students of the subject Locución en Televisión (“On-TV Presentation”) and conducted by a group of researchers from the University of the Basque Country.
The study is important because its results show that the implementation of the programme has provided students with more confidence to speak in public, less anxiety, more naturalness, clarity, closeness and credibility to speak to microphones and television cameras
. Communication schools have rarely considered the need to provide psychological skills to those working in front of cameras and microphones to reduce the stress caused by this situation. However, the authors promote an education that combines vocal techniques with techniques of cognitive restructuring, visualisation, breath control and relaxation.
The work is especially interesting now that the curriculum is being restructured but continues to ignore the potential of the psychological variables of communication, despite previous studies have shown that the levels of anxiety and self-perception influence the flow and quality of communication and other variables that will determine students’ personal and professional success.
Apart from providing a list of innovative literature in this field, the development and conclusions of the study will be a useful documentary source for researchers and professionals. Therefore, I recommend the publication of the article. - Silvia Jiménez-Martín, Ph.D. - University of Salamanca.
Reports on the article:
The article is interesting because it deals with the education of audiovisual communicators, particularly with the core competencies that an effective public communicator must have. The article studies such variables as self-efficacy, anxiety, and the mental disposition prior and during communication, and indicates how they impact the efficiency of public communication.
The approach and the variables of study underline the interest and novelty of the research. However, the authors do not explain the details of the training programme they refer to throughout the article, although explaining it would increase the length of the article in excess.
The results demonstrate that non-mediated resonance produces optimal results in communication and highlight the importance of the adequate emotional state of the communicator. The bibliography is up-to-date and includes the most relevant references in this field, at national and international levels.
The methodology and the analysis of data are appropriate. The study is part of a publicly-funded research project. Therefore, I recommend its publication without modifications. Victoria Tur-Viñes, Ph.D. - University of Alicante.