Day 8: You really ARE planning your response while you listen

by Tobi Mattingly | Jul 29, 2016

In today’s countdown to the Lab post we’re turning away once more from strictly theatre-related dialogue, and looking at conversation itself.

This fascinating article from The Atlantic examines how the “turn-taking” we do in conversations, and the amount of gap between turns, is a uniquely human skill that requires an overwhelming amount of processing and unconscious calculation to get right.

Your brain is processing countless calculations and cues at mind-boggling speeds when you listen to someone.


Tobi Mattingly is a Chicago-based director, actor, music director, and teaching artist. She is the founder of Artistic Conspiracy, an arts organization dedicated to creating and enabling world-changing theatre. Through this organization, she helps professional theatremakers take control of their theatre careers through learning and balancing artistic craft, bodymind practices, and business/marketing management.