Peter Bull language and communication

Eye inside newspaper

Research Interests

How do politicians in interviews cope with questions and interruptions? How often do they avoid replying to questions, how and why do they do this, and what are the consequences of their evasions? Such questions have been the theme of a series of studies I have carried out on political discourse.

Nonverbal communication (or "body language") is another of my major interests. Ongoing research is focused on how politicians invite applause in response to their speeches, on whether nonverbal cues can be used to detect deception, and on Asperger's Syndrome and the reading of nonverbal cues.

My third main interest is in the social psychology of health. I have supported projects on doctor-patient communication, on misconceptions in beliefs about angina, and on how medical hierarchies limit the possibilities for woman-centred care in midwifery.