Study on difficult conversations:
Have you ever found it difficult to talk to someone about your cancer diagnosis, miscarriage, or bereavement? My research team is currently looking for people over the age of 18 who have recently (within the past 2 years) experienced one of these difficult situations (i.e., cancer diagnosis, miscarriage, bereavement). We want to understand your experiences in talking to other people about your situation. Participation involves an online survey which will take 15-25 minutes. Click here to find out if you’re eligible and to fill out the survey. Results will be posted here.
Scavenger hunt game:
If you want to try out the (FREE!) scavenger hunt game mentioned on NPR and the BBC (summer-autumn 2019):
- Download the free GooseChase app (from your usual app store)
- Create an account
- Search for a game called “Talking2Strangers” and join the game
- To help with our research, do the “1-FIRST” mission first (by clicking the “Attached Link” button), and click “Attached Link” again after completing each mission (i.e., after each conversation)
- Start talking!
For more detailed instructions click here
I talk to strangers. Even on the Tube in London. I haven’t always done this, but I’ve always seen it – both of my parents regularly talk to strangers. I admit, I found it a bit embarrassing as a kid. And annoying: going grocery shopping with my Dad was torture, because it would take SOOOO long. But I could see how much my parents enjoyed it, and how much the people they talked to enjoyed it, and how we sometimes learned new things. I also learned that you can develop skills; my Dad often uses the same opening lines, especially when talking to kids, because he’s learned that they get people talking.
The first time I remember deliberately starting a chat with a stranger was on the subway in Toronto. It was at a time when there was a wave of amazing cupcake shops, and this lady on the subway was carrying a beautiful cupcake. I started talking about the cupcake, but ended up learning from her that people can ride ostriches! I was hooked. Since then I’ve had many adventures #Talking2Strangers, and I’ve made it a central topic of my research.
Department of Psychology