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Encouraging grey-scale thinking

Humanities and Social Sciences Ref No: Sav-2730-12
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Many conflict situations, ranging from extremist activities to intra-organisational disputes, arise from an inability to engage with different viewpoints. Integrative complexity (IC) is a capacity which can be developed to enable individuals to move away from ‘black and white’ or ‘them and us’ thinking to encouraging grey-scale thinking. Conflict as a zero-sum game is overcome by the IC method, developed as a means to expand the way people think while concurrently remaining true to their own values.

The ICthinking® team at the University of Cambridge (Dr Sara Savage, Dr Jose Liht, Dr Eolene Boyd-MacMillan and others) have developed a unique methodology (ICthinking®) for increasing the IC of an individual, through:

  • carefully structured courses developed for specific conflict environments
  • leveraging the ability for each participant to consider the conflict from a range of viewpoints while also increasing their awareness of the breadth of their own values.

All courses and training are research- and evidence-based, with findings on the whole range of different IC courses to date showing a consistent increase in participants’ IC level regarding ‘hot’ issues of conflict from black and white, polarised thinking to an ability to perceive some validity in opposing viewpoints, and to apply that to win/win problem solving after just 16 hours of ICthinking® training.

More information on the courses offered and research context can be found at ICthinking® or please contact us for information on how you or your organisation can work with the ICthinking® team.

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Database of contemporary spoken English

Humanities and Social Sciences Ref No: Nol-2585-11
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Recordings of speakers with ‘Standard Southern British English’ pronunciation have been collected and transcribed orthographically by researchers in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at the University of Cambridge.

The database was recorded with forensic phonetic research in mind, but serves very generally as an extensive source of contemporary spoken English. It comprises studio quality recordings of 100 male speakers aged 18–25 performing four tasks involving different speaking styles: taking part in a simulated police interview; making a telephone call with an ‘accomplice’ (recorded simultaneously and over the public telephone network); reading a passage; and reading a set of sentences.

Compared to alternative databases of comparable size, this database provides, for a tightly homogeneous population of speakers, a spectrum of speaking styles with a substantial number of words and phrases (elicited by design) in common. It is expected to be of interest to companies involved in a variety of speech technologies, and is available to license from the Economic and Social Data Service.

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