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Latitude Festival

At the 2016 Latitude Festival in the Wellcome Trust Hub, The Psychologist Eeditor Dr Jon Sutton hosted Elizabeth Stokoe, Professor of Social Interaction at Loughborough University.

Professor Elizabeth Stokoe

Professor Elizabeth Stokoe

Elizabeth Stokoe is a professor of social interaction at Loughborough University and a consultant at SaaS company Typeform. She works with organizations to understand their communication and develops research-based training to improve their interaction with users. She is the author of Talk: The Science of Conversation, published by Little, Brown (2018).

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Dr Rein Ove Sikveland

Dr Rein Ove Sikveland

Rein Sikveland is a Research Associate at Loughborough University. His expertise is in conversation analysis and phonetics. Following his PhD (2011) at the University of York, Rein researched call centre interactions as part of his postdoctoral training at the University of Oxford. He currently studies conversations between members of the public and services in commercial, medical, legal and other settings.

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The Life Scientific

Jim Al-Khalili talks to Professor Liz Stokoe about her research analysing real-life conversations from first dates, neighbours and police interviews with suspected criminals.