Sept. 14, 2020

Gillian Sandstrom | The Psychology of Talking to Strangers

Gillian Sandstrom | The Psychology of Talking to Strangers

Gillian Sandstrom is a psychologist who, one day, sparked a conversation with a stranger on the subway. After this spontaneous conversation, she decided to start researching the psychology behind it and subsequently began talking to a lot more stranger...


Gillian Sandstrom is a psychologist who, one day, sparked a conversation with a stranger on the subway. After this spontaneous conversation, she decided to start researching the psychology behind it and subsequently began talking to a lot more strangers. Take a listen to discover the magic and the science behind the taboo of talking to strangers.

 

Find out more about Gillian's work and what she's been up to at her website | https://GillianSandstrom.com

 

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Gillian Sandstrom

My undergraduate degree was in Mathematics and Computer Science, at the University of Waterloo, in Canada. I worked as a computer scientist for 10 years before deciding to return to higher education. I took two Psychology classes by distance education, volunteered in a lab, and then took the plunge and applied to do a Master’s degree in Psychology at Ryerson University (Toronto), on the topic of Music Cognition. An internship/placement that I completed during that degree led me to move to the University of British Columbia for my PhD, where I started studying conversations with strangers and acquaintances (weak ties). Next, I moved to the U.K. to take up a postdoctoral position at the University of Cambridge. Since 2015, I have been at the University of Essex, continuing my work on minimal social interactions.