What goes on in a meeting? An empirical study

Abdullah, Nik Nailah Binti; Tomadaki, Elia; Scott, Peter and Honiden, Shinichi (2008). What goes on in a meeting? An empirical study. In: 30th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2008), 23-26 Jul 2008, Washington, D.C..


Our work concerns investigating and establishing a method of analysis for analyzing videoconferencing meetings. We introduce the method in progress. It is derived from two cognition theories: situated cognition and the hierarchy of learning and communication focused on these ideas: conceptualization, external/internal stimulus, and context marker. The method is used during several stages within an emergent coding. The combined method provides as a guideline on what to look for in meetings. The aim from using the method is to explain what goes on in a meeting?. We illustrate a step-by-step description of how the method was applied in a naturalistic event concerning a group of people discussing animation recorded via the FlashMeeting videoconferencing system. We show the results. In parallel, a lexical analysis was conducted as validation to the results. Then we report on frequent acts, meeting phases, topics of discussion and emotions, which explicate what happens in the meeting.

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