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ASU professor to discuss communication and well-being at 7 p.m. on Monday

Arizona State University Professor Kory Floyd
Professor Kory Floyd, communications expert at Arizona State University

Penn State Hazleton’s Faculty Lecture Committee will host a communications expert for a presentation at 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 8 in 115 Evelyn Graham Academic Building at the campus. Dr. Kory Floyd, director of the Communication Sciences Laboratory and professor of human communication at the Hugh Downs School of Communications at Arizona State University will discuss “Communication and Well-being” during the free event which the public is invited to attend.

According to Floyd, we've all had those days when nothing goes right and our stress levels are off the charts. Then, at the peak of our stress, a simple hug from a friend can turn everything around. Sometimes, a brief gesture of affection is all it takes - a text from our partner, a kiss from our child, a call from Mom. In his presentation, he will address this topic and answer why affectionate communication combats our stress and how it enhances our well-being.

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 ASU’s Communication Sciences Laboratory demonstrates how affectionate behavior can alter stress hormones, lower blood glucose, reduce lipids, and improve immune system parameters. His most recent project, funded by the National Institutes of Health, investigated the role of the peptide hormone oxytocin in the stress-alleviating effects of affectionate communication.

Floyd is past chair of the family communication division of the National Communication Association and immediate 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 research has been widely published in a variety of mediums including books and textbooks, journal articles, competitively selected conference papers, and manuscripts. His most recent books are "Interpersonal Communication: The Whole Story" (McGraw-Hill, 2008), "Biological Dimensions of Communication (Hampton Press, 2009), and "Nonverbal Communication" (Allyn & Bacon, 2010).

Floyd is in the process of earning his second doctoral degree, in clinical psychology, from California Southern University. He has earned a doctorate in philosophy in interpersonal communication, with a minor in family studies from the University of Arizona, a master of arts in speech communication from the University of Washington, and a bachelor of arts in English from Western Washington University.

For additional information on this event, contact the Office of University Relations at 570-450-3180.

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