How subtle eye signals help turn-taking in conversation. Application to those with Aphasia – specialist interviewers take note!
In every conversation, there is an unspoken code – a set of social rules that guides you. When to talk, when to stop talking, when to listen, and where to look. But what happens to people with aphasia, a communication disorder that can occur after a stroke, brain injury or tumour, causing patients to make mistakes and misunderstand language?
The lesson here is that, when speaking to aphasic people, one will communicate better with simpler sentences and even repetition of words. Without this adaptation, the aphasic dialogue partner has no chance to take over the conversation – and communication dries up.