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13 Jul 2016

Talk expert explores the art of conversation at Latitude Festival

Loughborough's speech expert, Professor Elizabeth Stokoe, will be revealing how to talk so that people listen at Latitude Festival later this month.

The event, taking place 14-17 July, will be attended by Professor Stokoe as part of a 'The Psychologist presents…' session by The British Psychological Society.

In the session chaired by Society editor, Dr Jon Sutton, Professor Stokoe will discuss what it is that drives social life and whether it is possible to put scientific evidence to use in exploring conversation.

Professor Stokoe, Department of Social Sciences, comments: “We live our lives by talking to others. Yet psychologists have often shied away from studying talk, preferring to ask people to report on their communicative lives in interviews or questionnaires, or to simulate them in laboratories.

“I have collected tens to thousands of recordings of talk ‘in the wild’ – from first dates to neighbour disputes. From this research, I have developed the ‘Conversation Analytic Role-play Method’ of communication skills training. In conversation with Jon at Latitude, I will look under the bonnet at the engine that drives social life. Can we put the scientific evidence to use?”

'The Psychologist presents…' session with Professor Stokoe will take place in the Wellcome Trust hub on Saturday 16 July.