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Data from various settings suggest that there is an upper limit of about four on the number of individuals who can interact in spontaneous conversation. This limit appears to be a consequence of the mechanisms of speech production and detection. There appear to be no differences between men and women in this respect, other than those introduced by women's lighter voices. © 1995 Walter de Gruyter, Inc.

Original publication

DOI

10.1007/BF02734136

Type

Journal article

Journal

Human Nature

Publication Date

01/03/1995

Volume

6

Pages

67 - 78