Conversational topic connectedness predicted by Simplicity Theory

Abstract

People avoid changing subject abruptly during conversation. There are reasons to think that this constraint is more than a social convention and is deeply rooted in our cognition. We show here that the phenomenon of topic connectedness is an expected consequence of the maximization of unexpectedness and that it is predicted by Simplicity Theory. 

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@inproceedings{Dessalles2017ConversationalTC, title={Conversational topic connectedness predicted by Simplicity Theory}, author={Jean-Louis Dessalles}, year={2017} }