ERIC Number: ED043905
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
A Model of Conversation. Behavioral Patterns in Goal Setting Conferences.
This paper begins defining conversation as the alternate of pro and con opinions between interactors that emphasizes the sequential and discrete nature of interaction. After reviewing the few studies that have analyzed natural interaction sequentially, a theoretical framework is proposed: interactors are decision makers who generate choices over time based on a memory of the recent past and an expectation of immediate future outcomes. This framework led to hypotheses about memory's size, organization, and distortion, about decision rules, and about outcome structures and value determination. The various hypotheses are partially used in formal models that represent these processes. A sample conversation is analyzed to demonstrate the models and not to draw support for the hypotheses. Many hypotheses can be represented through this model. (KJ/Author)
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Decision Making, Interaction Process Analysis, Interpersonal Relationship, Memory, Models, Structural Analysis, Values, Verbal Communication
Gerrit Wolf, Yale University, Department of Administrative Sciences, 2 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, Connecticut 06520. (No price is quoted.)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Yale Univ., New Haven, CT.; American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Presented at American Psychological Association Convention, Miami Beach, Florida, September 3-8, 1970