Discursive Psychology and Multimodal Interaction Analysis Lab

Head - Prof. Renata Galatolo

The lab carries on research and teaching activities concerning the analysis of social interaction in institutional as well as ordinary settings. In our approach, we explore psychological dimensions that are relevant to specific interactions by analysing the participants’ verbal and embodied conduct. Inspired by Conversation Analysis and Discursive Psychology, our research methods entail ethnographic fieldwork and the recording of naturally occurring social interactions. Data are transcribed and analysed by paying attention to the whole range of multimodal resources that contribute to the local production of social actions, included talk, gesture, gaze, facial expressions, body movements, etc. 

Our research so far includes the following subjects and related topics:

 Health care interaction

  • patient empowerment
  • practices of expressing and describing pain
  • touch and haptics in physical examinations
  • physicians’ professional identity

  Paralympic sport activities with visually impaired participants

  • design and delivery of instructions in the context of visually impaired rock climbing sessions
  • distributed sensoriality and intercorporeality
  • sport and impairment

 Family interaction

  • Practices of children’s socialization
  • interactional construction of moral and cultural values

 Communication in juridical encounters

  • witnesses’ practices for constructing credibility in legal testimony

The lab equipment and instruments include specific hardware (computers, cameras, microphones, voice recorders) and software for video editing, annotation and subtitling (Quick Time Pro, Transana, ELAN, Praat, Audacity, InqScribe).

 The lab implements the following teaching and training activities:

  • The Ethnographic methods and video analysis laboratory, a practical course taking place every academic year and open to up to 20 participants.
  • The supervision of first and second cycle degree dissertations.
  • The supervision of doctoral research.