Strategy signals in face-to-face interaction

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Abstract

Proposes the notion of the “strategy signal” as an element in the description of face-to-face interaction. Strategy signals are actions by a participant that have a distinct and consistent effect on specified subsequent actions by the partner, but that have been rejected as signals within the organization of interaction. Data are presented on 3 hypothesized strategy signals in 8 2-person conversations between adult Ss. Both the speaker's head direction toward the auditor and the number of turn cues had the effect of increasing the auditor's attempts to take the turn under certain circumstances. Speaker smiling had the effect of increasing auditor smiles. The role of strategy signals within the broader description of face-to-face interaction is discussed. (22 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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