Edinburgh Psychology Keynote Talk

Speaker: Professor Liz Stokoe (University of Loughborough)

Title: Can humans simulate talking like other humans?

Abstract: How authentic are the actions done by simulated clients, including role-players and ‘mystery shoppers’, when compared to real interlocutors? I will discuss my work in conversation analysis, examining datasets from a variety of settings including mystery shopping and police interviews. This research is located in a growing literature that reveals the (in)authenticity of simulated encounters when they are compared to the actual conversations they seek to mimic. I will discuss the implications of qualitative and quantitative findings for training and assessing ‘communication skills’, for role-play methods, for social science methods more generally, and for the rise of conversational computer-augmented interaction.


Steve Loughnan

Jan 27 2020 -

Edinburgh Psychology Keynote Talk

2020-01-27: Can humans simulate talking like other humans?

Room 2.12, Appleton Tower, 11 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9LE