Talking the talk: collaborative remembering and self-perceived expertise

Pasupathi, Monisha, Alderman, Katarzyna and Shaw, David (2007) Talking the talk: collaborative remembering and self-perceived expertise. Discourse Processes, 43 1: 55-77.

Author Pasupathi, Monisha
Alderman, Katarzyna
Shaw, David
Title Talking the talk: collaborative remembering and self-perceived expertise
Journal name Discourse Processes   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0163-853X
Publication date 2007-12-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 43
Issue 1
Start page 55
End page 77
Total pages 23
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA United States
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Discourse and self-perceptions are likely to be related in bidirectional ways. That is, people's self-perceptions are likely to shape their discourse behavior, but their (and their partners') discourse behavior in turn will shape their subsequent self-perceptions. To provide empirical evidence for this proposal, we conducted a study in which pairs of friends (n= 21 pairs) encountered a computer game. One friend played the game while the other observed; subsequently, both were asked to jointly tell a third party about their experience with the game. The resulting conversations were coded for narrative and other contributions, and discourse elements were examined in relation to pre- and postparticipation perceptions of expertise at the game. Players produced more narrative contributions than observers but only when observers had low self-perceived expertise prior to the game. Observers' narrative contributions were linked to changes in the players' self-perceptions of game expertise from prior to postconversation. These findings show that self-perceptions of expertise both shape, and are shaped by, discourse behavior.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status Non-UQ

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