What is it about?
Only 2% of conversations end when both people want them to. This is because people want to leave at different times, and because they don't know when their partner wants to leave. Overall, conversation presents a coordination problem that people fail to solve.
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Why is it important?
Conversation is the building block of all social life. Psychologists are just beginning to understand how it works, and our work identifies the coordination problem at its core.
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This page is a summary of: Do conversations end when people want them to?, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, March 2021, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2011809118.
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