Interaction adaptation theory (IAT) was developed by Judee Burgoon, Lesa Stern, and Leesa Dillman. Interested in the ways in which people adapt to one another in dyads, the research team, led by Burgoon, realized that many of the theories in this area did not attend to a broad array of communication behaviors and functions, and the theories often undervalued the effect of one person’s behavior on another person during everyday encounters. To address these concerns, Burgoon, Stern, and Dillman developed IAT and formally introduced their theory in 1995. IAT built on previous theoretical work on interpersonal adaptation and dyadic interaction processes, particularly expanding Burgoon’s expectancy violations theory, and provided a more comprehensive explanation of interpersonal adaptation by incorporating a stronger emphasis on biological and sociological influences. IAT is predicated on nine guiding principles and five fundamental concepts.

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