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Peter Bull

Peter Bull

My principal research interest is in the detailed "microanalysis" of interpersonal communication, both of speech and nonverbal communication. Much of my recent research has been concerned with the analysis of political speeches and political interviews. I also have an ongoing interest in social psychology and health.

Primary Interests:

  • Communication, Language
  • Health Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Nonverbal Behavior
  • Political Psychology

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Journal Articles:

  • Bull, P. (2008). “Slipperiness, evasion and ambiguity”: Equivocation and facework in non-committal political discourse. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 27, 324-332.
  • Bull, P. (2006). Invited and uninvited applause in political speeches. British Journal of Social Psychology, 45(3), 563-578.
  • Bull, P. (1997). Queen of hearts or queen of the arts of implication? Implicit criticisms and their implications for equivocation theory in the interview between Martin Bashir and Diana, Princess of Wales. Social Psychological Review, 1, 27-36.
  • Bull, P., Elliott, J., Palmer, D., & Walker, L. (1996). Why politicians are three-faced: The face model of political interviews. British Journal of Social Psychology, 35(2), 267-284.
  • Bull, P. & Feldman, O. (2011). Invitations to affiliative audience responses in Japanese political speeches. Journal of Language and Social Psychology 30(2), 158-176.
  • Bull, P., & Fetzer, A. (2010). Face, facework and political discourse. International Review of Social Psychology 23(2/3), 155-185.
  • Bull, P., & Fetzer, A. (2006). Who are we and who are you? The strategic use of forms of address in political interviews. Text and Talk 26(1), 1-35.
  • Bull, P., & Wells, P. (2012). Adversarial discourse in Prime Minister’s Questions. Journal of Language and Social Psychology 31(1), 30-48.
  • Bull, P., & Wells, P. (2002). By invitation only? An analysis of invited and uninvited applause. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 21, 230-244.
  • Doody, J. P., & Bull, P. (2011). Asperger’s Syndrome and the decoding of boredom, interest and disagreement from body posture. Journal of Nonverbal Behaviour, 35, 87-100.
  • Warren, G., Schertler, E. & Bull, P. (2009). Detecting deception from emotional and unemotional cues. Journal of Nonverbal Behaviour 33(1), 59-69.
  • Wells, P., & Bull, P. (2007). From politics to comedy: A comparative analysis of affiliative audience responses. Journal of Language and Social Psychology 26(4), 321-342.

Other Publications:

  • Bull, P. (2011). What makes a successful politician? The social skills of politics. In A. Weinberg (Ed.), The Psychology of Politicians (pp. 61-75). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Bull, P. (2009). Techniques of political interview analysis. In G. Álvarez-Benito, G. Fernández-Díaz, & I. Íñigo-Mora (Eds.), Discourse and Politics, Chapter 13, 215-228. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Bull, P. (2008). Microanalysis. In W. A. Darity (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (2nd ed.), Volume 5, 132-133. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA.
  • Bull, P. (2007). Political language and persuasive communication. In A. Weatherall, B. M. Watson, & C. Gallois (Eds.), The Social Psychology of Language and Discourse, Chapter 10, pp. 255-275. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Courses Taught:

Peter Bull
Department of Psychology
University of York
Heslington, York YO10 5DD
United Kingdom

  • Phone: 44 (0) 1904-433142
  • Fax: 44 (0) 1904-433181

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