Size and structure of freely forming conversational groups
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- Dunbar, R.I.M., Duncan, N.D.C. & Nettle, D. Human Nature (1995) 6: 67. doi:10.1007/BF02734136
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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.