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The last reading group of the summer semester and a farewell to our visiting researcher Maria Vanessa aus der Wieschen

Our last reading group to be led by HUMAN’s first visiting researcher, Maria Vanessa aus der Wieschen, will be held on the 1st of September, Tuesday. Maria has run excellent reading groups throughout the summer semester and she will have to go back to Denmark in early September. We are all grateful for her contribution to our reserach centre and we expect her to be back soon 🙂

The reading groups will be run by another member of  HUMAN research centre starting from October 2015.

Here is Maria’s call for our reading group meeting:

Dear all,

Our next reading group is on Tuesday, September 1st, as always at 3PM in the meeting room of the department of foreign language education, 3rd floor. It’s the last reading group before I go back to Denmark, so I hope many of you will come. The HUMAN members will organize more reading groups in the future.

We’re going to read about an article by Voutilainen et al about experimental CA.

Voutilainen, L., Henttonen, P., Kahri, M., Kivioja, M., Ravaja, N., Sams, M., & Peräkylä, A. (2014). Affective stance, ambivalence, and psychophysiological responses during conversational storytelling. Journal of Pragmatics, 68, 1-24.

Earlier research has shown that conversational storytelling is a regular locus for displays of affective stance. A stance display by the teller invites a mirroring response from the recipient, and these reciprocal displays are finely organized and timed. The article adds a new aspect to the research on affective stance and affiliation by examining the linkages between interactional stance displays and physiological responses in the participants. We show that the valence, and especially ambivalence, of the stance displayed by the storyteller is associated with an increase in the autonomic nervous system (ANS) activity in the recipient. The participants were
40 students who were discussing their life events in dyads. Heart rate, electrodermal activity (skin conductance), and facial muscle activity (EMG) of the participants were measured. The conversations were videotaped, and the storytelling instances were coded by means of a quantitative application of conversation analysis. The stories were coded into three classes: happy, sad, and ambivalent (twofold) stories on the basis of the affective stance that was displayed by the teller. In comparison to a happy and sad stance, ambivalence increased significantly the recipient’s heart rate and electrodermal activity. Our interpretation is that the increased ANS activity reflects the more complex cognitive and interactional task faced by the recipients in affiliating with an ambivalent stance.

Structure of the reading group:

We will start the reading group by summarizing the chapter, followed by an in-depth discussion. To prepare for the reading group, please read the chapter.

Additionally, you may want to do some of the following in order to prepare for the discussion:

  • Write down any questions you may have about the chapter
  • Find one or more passages that you find interesting
  • Think about how the points presented in the chapter relate to other theories or to your own research
  • Pretend to be the devil’s advocate and criticize the authors’ viewpoints

Hope to see you on Tuesday! 🙂

Best regards

Maria Vanessa aus der Wieschen
PhD Fellow, Department of Design and Communication

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