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Episode 62: Persuasion via Emotion with Robin Nabi

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Robin Nabi is a professor of communication at the University of California-Santa Barbara. She studies how emotional appeals can (and cannot) lead people to change their thoughts and behaviors. She’s published important research on the effects of anger, humor, and guilt, and she’s also developed integrated theories about how emotions can work together in the persuasion process. We talk about all...

Episode 61: Moral Conviction with Linda Skitka

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Linda Skitka is a distinguished professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She’s been studying people’s moral convictions–the opinions that we connect to our core sense of moral right and wrong. Two people might agree about universal healthcare, for example, but they might disagree about how much their positions on this issue are drawn from their personal...

Episode 60: Unconscious Bias? with Adam Hahn

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Adam Hahn spends a lot of time thinking about how well people know their own biases. Sure, people often refer to “implicit bias” as social biases that exist unconsciously. But do they really? How strongly can we claim we’re unaware of these attitudes and is there any reason to think people can readily tell you what their gut reactions are when they encounter people of...

Episode 59: Belief Systems with Mark Brandt

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Mark Brandt studies a bunch of things. He’s an assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University. These days, he’s been exploring how we can think about belief systems as a network of interconnected opinions. Using mathematical simulations that specify how people’s opinions can be connected, Mark and his team have been able to establish a core model that explains a bunch of findings...

Episode 58: How Minds Change with David McRaney (ft. Adam Mastroianni)

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David McRaney is an author and host of the podcast You Are Not So Smart. In June, he’s releasing a new book—How Minds Change: The Surprising Science of Belief, Opinion, and Persuasion (you can pre-order it now). In the book, David goes on a wild journey to understand the mechanics of persuasion. He combines research in psychology with stories of persuasion on the ground to arrive at an...

Episode 57: Media, Norms, & Social Change with Sohad Murrar

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Sohad Murrar studies how media and norms affect people’s opinions about social groups. Does media representation matter? Can infotainment aimed at reducing misconceptions really work? In this episode, Sohad gives us a glimpse into what the research says, her own experiences consulting with Hollywood creatives, and how conveying social norms can be a potent way of addressing prejudice...

Episode 56: Receptiveness to Other Opinions with Julia Minson

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Julia Minson studies the psychology of disagreement. In particular, she’s been working to understand what sorts of people are receptive to other opinions and how our perceptions of other people’s receptiveness can improve conversations. Dr. Minson is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of government.Some things that come up in this episode:...

Episode 55: Stereotypes at the Intersection with Chris Petsko

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Chris Petsko studies which stereotypes come to mind in a given moment. He’s a social psychologist and postdoctoral scholar at Duke University. I talk with Chris about his “lens-based account of intersectional stereotyping,” which argues that we can only pay attention to one social identity at a time. As a result, the stereotypes that come to mind depend on the one...

Episode 54: Influence is Your Superpower with Zoe Chance

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Zoe Chance is an assistant professor of marketing at the Yale School of Management. Prior to Yale, she managed a $200 million segment of the Barbie brand at Mattel. In February, she’s releasing her first book: Influence Is Your Superpower. In this episode, we talk about Zoe’s winding road to becoming a business school professor, the class she teaches at Yale on influence and...

BONUS: “Best” of Opinion Science (2021)

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Another year in the books! Sure, there was a lot of wild stuff in 2021–an insurrection, COVID vaccine rollouts, a new president, another installment in the Tiger King franchise…and my daughter was born! But through it all, we had Opinion Science. This year saw a bunch of new listeners, amazing guests, and some ambitious episodes. Your support has meant a lot. So even though I’m...

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