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IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

Issue 3 • Sept. 1972

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 1972, Page(s): c1
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  • Inside front cover

    Publication Year: 1972, Page(s): c2
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  • Editorial: Looking ahead to '73

    Publication Year: 1972, Page(s): 71
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  • Requests for proposal: Asking the right question: A PSYCHOM '72 paper

    Publication Year: 1972, Page(s):72 - 76
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    Communication of consumer needs for scientific and engineering work through Requests for Proposal (RFP) often fails. The failure to communicate usually is caused by Requests for Proposal that describe the equipment, or means, to accomplish a given task rather than the task to be accomplished or end. This paper suggests that substitution of means for ends occurs because of habit, self esteem, time ... View full abstract»

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  • Technical communications and psychophysics: A PSYCHOM '72 paper

    Publication Year: 1972, Page(s):77 - 79
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    Psychophysics, in this paper, is used in its literal sense: the effect of physical processes upon the mental processes of an organism. Recent studies show that temperature fluctuations of the human body have a 24-hour periodicity that is reflected in the activity of organs and functions of the body, awake and asleep. The rise and fall of such activity is phased differently for different Individual... View full abstract»

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  • The evolution of a questionnaire for engineers: A PSYCHOM '72 paper

    Publication Year: 1972, Page(s):80 - 84
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    During an effort to and promising lines of development for new products, it became necessary to find out from experienced production engineers what the greatest needs are in today's factories. As we worked cut a questionnaire to get ratings of items in an abstract description from respondent production engineers, we encountered considerable lack of cooperation, even though the respondents were in ... View full abstract»

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  • Effective Professional Communication: A PSYCHOM '72 paper

    Publication Year: 1972, Page(s):85 - 86
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    I AM very happy to talk to you who are dedicating your careers to helping us improve our professional communication. It has been my good fortune to have had the help of Jim Lufkin and Herb Michaelson in my own work, and I am sure your group includes many competent and dedicated workers like theme. View full abstract»

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  • Changing the role of the communications professional: A PSYCHOM '72 paper

    Publication Year: 1972, Page(s):86 - 87
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    Instead of employing most of our communications professionals mainly as technical writers and editors, we should be encouraging them to apply their expertise in a much broader capacity. Rather than simply guide, advise and write for a handful of engineers or scientists, they should offer solid, practical training in communications and report writing to as many technical professionals as they can r... View full abstract»

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  • Words, messages, and technical writing

    Publication Year: 1972, Page(s):87 - 88
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    This paper presents a general view of communication, and urges those who write on technical subjects to follow the `rules' in existing books of instruction. Expediency and custom are the basis of these most acceptable ways for presenting written and spoken messages of many kinds. Such suggestions can be very helpful for writers who want to communicate technical matters successfully. By following t... View full abstract»

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  • Why some technical professionals write… and some don't

    Publication Year: 1972, Page(s):89 - 94
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    To find out if writing really does help establish a reputation, and why some technical professionals write and some do not, a questionnaire was distributed to a sampling of authors and non-authors at 19 IBM development laboratories and manufacturing plants in the U.S. and Europe. Respondents were asked how many articles for professional journals and technical magazines, and how many conference pap... View full abstract»

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  • The human equation in technical communication: A PSYCHOM '72 paper

    Publication Year: 1972, Page(s):94 - 99
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    When engineers and scientists think about communicating technical information to others, they seldom think about the psychology involved in the transfer of that information. They reason that if the subject is technical, the conclusions reached by the scientific method, and the technical language accurate, then there can be no lack of communication. But they are misunderstood: conclusions are misin... View full abstract»

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  • Where are you, now that I need you: Or societal communication concepts: A PSYCHOM '72 paper

    Publication Year: 1972, Page(s):100 - 104
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    This paper concerns itself with the problem of a communicator locating his audience in what is termed psychological or “meaning” space as the prelude to “facilitation of meaning” (which is suggested as the essence of human communication.) To this end, the dimensions of a universe of meaning or “meaning space,” which may be related to any topic or object of... View full abstract»

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  • Book review

    Publication Year: 1972, Page(s):104 - 105
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  • Contributors

    Publication Year: 1972, Page(s):105 - 106
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The IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to applied research on professional communication--including but not limited to technical and business communication. It has been published since 1957 by the Professional Communication Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

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George F. Hayhoe
Mercer University School of Eng.