Unified Comms

Video Conferencing in a Transregional Research Cooperation: Turn−Taking in a New Medium

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Executive Summary

Compared to more common media of communication such as telephone or e−mail, Video Conferences (VCs) provide further communicational resources for the interactants by allowing for visual cues that are suspected to play a major role in discourse management, cognitive and affective processing. Video-conferencing furthermore has a number of practical advantages compared to real meetings, such as the reduction of travelling time and costs, and the maximization of the use of resources (e.g. guest lectures). New media however also present new problems to interactants.

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