11 Jun 2024

Adam Mastroianni: The art of good conversation

From Nights, 10:17 pm on 11 June 2024

Striking up a conversation with someone you don't know can be a minefield. How do you fill awkward silences? What if your questions are too invasive - or too surface-level? How do you politely end an ambling conversation?

Adam Mastroianni is an experimental psychologist based in Washington in the United States, and the author of the science newsletter Experimental History.

He's been researching people's different conversational styles and how they can succeed or fail.

He tells Emile Donovan about the differences that arise between conversational 'givers' and 'takers'.

A composite image. On the left is a headshot of Adam Mastroianni, wearing a blue spotted shirt and glasses, smiling at the camera. On the right is a stock image showing two women in conversation.

Photo: Supplied