First impressions have a significant impact on our initial and long-term communication interactions. The predicted outcome value theory suggests that the initial impressions we make upon meeting someone new stimulate us to make predictions about potential outcomes and values of continuing or terminating a relationship (Sunnafrank, 1986). This classroom activity provides an opportunity to explore predicted outcome value theory through application and discussion-based learning. Students have praised the activity and demonstrated growth in the learning outcomes.
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Westwick, J. N. (2021). A precarious prediction: Applying predicted outcome value theory to classroom first impressions. Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal, 44, 120-126.