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The Daily Decision-26-Next-in-line effect

The Daily Decision-26-Next-in-line effect

Hello Hello This is Dr. Z, Zachary Brooks, with The Daily Decision

because you want to make better decisions.



Today is the TWENTY-SIXTH episode of The Daily Decision

Turn-taking in conversations is a skill that requires knowing when someone will finish their thought before you begin speaking. It helps organize group conversations and promote the idea that “everyone gets heard.”

But does it work?

Well, according to the “next-in-line” effect when you are the person patiently waiting your turn to speak you are probably not going to be very good at remembering by the person who is currently speaking?

Why? The next-in-line effect first discovered by Malcom Brenner in 1973 occurs when people have a difficult time encoding the perceived information prior having to speak. In other words, people begin silently rehearsing what they are going to say before speaking. This anticipated performance can increase a person’s anxiety level and make them less likely to remember.

So the next time you listen, ask a question when the person who is speaking finishes before beginning on your well-rehearsed response.

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