Conversation under an analytic microscope

Professor Weatherall describes ways features of talk are significant in building joint understanding and maintaining positive relationships

Inaugural lecture - Professor Ann Weatherall

October 2016

Talking and interacting with others is part and parcel of daily life. Those interactions can seem disfluent and appear disorganised, but, by analysing conversations sound by sound and turn by turn, surprising orderliness is revealed. The small and systematic structures of talk in social interaction provide remarkable insights into a range of psychological matters, including cognition, emotion and identity.

Drawing on her research in diverse settings, from telephone helplines to psychotherapy, Professor Weatherall describes some of the extraordinary ways tiny features of talk are significant for building joint understanding, maintaining positive relationships and influencing behaviour.

This is Professor Weatherall’s inaugural lecture as Professor of Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington.

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