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Navigating the Complexities of Conversations: Insights and Interventions for Positive Outcomes (S6)

Tuesday, 11 July 2023
9:00am - 10:30am

Amfitrion II

Conversations play crucial roles in human social life and are essential for building and maintaining relationships, improving well-being, and achieving collective goals. Despite the frequent occurrence of conversations, people do not always have the desired experiences. In fact, given the complex nature of conversations, people often make mistakes and suboptimal decisions in conversations that lead to negative consequences in their impressions and relationships. In this symposium, several leading scholars in conversation research will share their works that unpack people’s decision-making processes and behaviors in conversations and the associated outcomes. The papers focus on various aspects of conversations, including the content (i.e., what to say), the temporal dimension (i.e., when/whether to respond), the experience (i.e., how people feel about the conversation), and nonverbal behaviors (e.g., eye gaze) in conversations. They draw on empirical research conducted with a variety of methods including surveys, experiments, and natural language processing methods to investigate conversation phenomena in multiple settings. The findings provide deep insights into how people make judgments and decisions in conversations and suggest effective interventions that can guide conversations for more positive outcomes.

Symposium Organizer: Yaoxi Shi, Imperial College London

The Psychology of “Ghosting”: Perception Gaps in the Causes and Consequences of Not Responding
Sophia Li, University of California, Berkeley
Juliana Schroeder , University of California, Berkeley
What You Say in the Conversation Affects the Flow: Modeling Conversational Flow Using NLP Methods
Yaoxi Shi, Imperial College London
Feeling Seen: Eye Gaze Promotes Psychological Safety, Participation, and Voice
Nicole Abi-Esber, Harvard Business School


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