Kory Floyd of the University of Arizona has spent nearly two decades exploring how “prosocial” communication, such as the expression of love and affection, benefits physical and mental health and the stability of close relationships. He will describe how individuals can use this information to maximize well-being in their own lives and relationships in a 3:30 p.m. lecture on Wednesday (Jan. 31) at the Arizona Senior Academy.
Floyd contends that it is reasonable to expect affectionate behavior to be associated with identifiable benefits for relationships, for mental wellness, and for physical health. To address these, he describes research conducted over 20 years to examine how affectionate communication matters for close relationships, how it affects mental health, and how it is associated with stress management, and other indices of physical well-being.
Floyd is a professor of communication at the University of Arizona. His research focuses on the communication of affection in close relationships and its effects on stress and physiological functioning. He has written 15 books and over 100 scientific papers and book chapters on the topics of affection, emotion, family communication, nonverbal behavior, and health. He is the immediate past editor of Communication Monographs and former editor of Journal of Family Communication.
One of his most recent books, The Loneliness Cure, examines the problem of affection deprivation and identifies strategies for increasing affection and intimacy in close relationships.
As an educator, he teaches courses on health communication, emotional communication, close relationships, communication theory, and quantitative research methods. A native of Seattle, Floyd received his undergraduate degree from Western Washington University, his master’s degree from the University of Washington, and his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.
Written by Douglas V. Barrett, Academy Village Volunteer