Katarzyna Stemplewska-Żakowicz
Szkoła Wyższa Psychologii Społecznej
Hubert Suszek
Uniwersytet Warszawski
Bartosz Zalewski
Szkoła Wyższa Psychologii Społecznej


The study explores how people position themselves and their partners as experts or laymen during dyadic conversations in the internet. The positions were experimentally evoked by informing two groups of subjects – psychology students and candidates – that in regard to the topic of the conversation („Does psychology help in passing exams?”) they are „experts” and „laymen”, respectively. In half of the dyads their partners were also instructed in the same way, but in another half the partners did not receive any prior information. The study investigates how these positions are taken and expressed in conversations in these different experimental conditions. The results indicate that the positions of „expert” and „layman” favour the appearance of specific linguistic structures during a conversation, but this well known effect is mediated by other factors such as position of an interlocutor and the awareness of one’s own position. These findings are discussed in context of nonconscious behavioral confirmation processes (Chen, Bargh, 1997).
Autor: Ewelina Soszyńska
Ostatnia aktualizacja: 09.03.2007, godz. 15:28 - Ewelina Soszyńska