Human conversational behavior

  title={Human conversational behavior},
  author={Robin I. M. Dunbar and Anna Marriott and Neil D. C. Duncan},
  journal={Human Nature},
Observational studies of human conversations in relaxed social settings suggest that these consist predominantly of exchanges of social information (mostly concerning personal relationships and experiences). Most of these exchanges involve information about the speaker or third parties, and very few involve critical comments or the soliciting or giving of advice. Although a policing function may still be important (e.g., for controlling social cheats), it seems that this does not often involve… 

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