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Episode 72: FIghting Against Misinformation with Sander van der Linden

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Sander van der Linden studies the psychology of misinformation. He and his lab have conducted studies to understand why people believe false information, and they’ve also leveraged the psychology of “inoculation” to build tools that help people avoid falling prey to misinformation. He describes this work and more in his new book, Foolproof: Why Misinformation Infects Our Minds...

Episode 71: Person = Man? with April Bailey

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April Bailey is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of New Hampshire, and she studies the psychology of androcentrism—people’s tendency to think of men as a stand-in for all people and treating women’s experiences as the outlier. We talk about exactly what androcentrism is, the kinds of evidence we have for it, and what it means for the future of how we think about gender...

BONUS: “Best” of Opinion Science (2022)

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Another year in the books! I don’t think I ever really mastered writing the year as “2022,” and now I have to write “2023.” I’ll figure it out one of these days. But another year meant another year of Opinion Science! This year saw even more new listeners, amazing guests, and an ambitious series of episodes over the summer. Your support has meant a lot. So even...

Episode 70: A Mixed Bag with Geoff Durso

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Geoff Durso studies what happens when we face mixed information. When people do good things and bad things. When a product has positive and negative qualities. Geoff’s an assistant professor of marketing at DePaul University. He’s also an old friend of mine. We met up at a conference and caught up, chatting about some of the cool work Geoff has done on the nature of ambivalence. (As I...

Episode 69: Directing Attention with Tony Barnhart (ft. Erik Tait)

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Tony Barnhart is Associate Professor of Psychological Science at Carthage College. But just as notably, he’s a magician. As a result of this dual identity, he has the unique distinction of being an expert in the psychology of magic. Magicians have long prided themselves on understanding and exploiting human psychology, but Tony actually brings a scientific perspective. He’s on the...

Episode 68: Intellectual Humility with Tenelle Porter

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Tenelle Porter is a new colleague of mine at Ball State University. She’s an educational psychologist, and one of the things she studies is intellectual humility, which is people’s awareness of the limits of their knowledge and the fallibility of their reasoning. Intellectual humility offers a variety of handy benefits even though there has been some disagreement about what it is...

Episode 67: Confronting Prejudice with Margo Monteith

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Margo Monteith is a Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University. She studies how we can reduce prejudice in the world by confronting those biases head-on. One way we can confront prejudice is to keep ourselves in check, paying attention to the ways in which we might say or do something biased. Another way we can confront prejudice is to call out other people when they...

Episode 66: Your Language Shapes your Opinions with Efrén Pérez

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Efrén Pérez is a professor is a professor of Political Science and Psychology at UCLA. He studies political attitudes and behaviors among various racial and ethnic groups in the United States. With Margit Tavits, he recently co-wrote the book Voicing Politics: How Language Shapes Public Opinion. The book is a fascinating summary of research they have conducted testing how the unique...

Episode 65: Language is for Doing with Thomas Holtgraves

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Tom Holtgraves studies how language helps us do things. We use words to inquire, to instruct, to command, and to persuade. Words are social. He’s currently a Professor of Psychological Science at Ball State University (just down the hall from me!), and his lab studies how people use language and other symbols (e.g., emoji) to successfully or unsuccessfully communicate with one...

Episode 64: Saving Democracy with Robb Willer

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Robb Willer studies social and political divides, and maybe more importantly, he tries to find ways to overcome them. In our conversation, he shares his personal background, unpacks persuasion strategies that cut across political lines, and reveals the results of a major new study in his lab that tested a bunch of strategies for reducing political animosity and encouraging people to value...

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