Zoom Meeting Conversations (11-17-21)

Boland and colleagues studied conversations during Zoom meetings.  They learned that “Small, variable transmission delays over Zoom disrupt the typical rhythm of conversation, leading to delays in turn initiation. This study compared local and remote (Zoom) turn transition times. . . . We consider the possibility that electronic transmission delays disrupt neural oscillators that normally synchronize on syllable rate, at around, 150–300 ms per cycle . . . and enable interlocutors to effortlessly and precisely time the initiation of their turns.”

Julie Boland, Pedro Fonseca, Ilana Mermelstein, and Myles Williamson.  “Zoom Disrupts the Rhythm of Conversation.”  Journal of Experimental Psychology:  General, in press, https://doi.org/10.1037/xge0001150