Dr. Luttrell is a social psychology professor who studies public opinion and persuasion.
Kristen Soltis Anderson is a pollster and co-founder of Echelon Insights. For five years, she co-hosted the podcast, The Pollsters, she hosts the SiriusXM show, The Trendline, and the Fox Nation show What Are the Odds? She also regularly appears on television to discuss the latest polls.She’s spent a lot of time looking at polls of Millennials in particular. In 2015, she published her first book, The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up), in which she reviews data on millennials’ tendency to vote for Democrats and the unique features of modern life that may be driving this shift.In this episode, we have a great conversation about her work, what political polling can reveal, and how young voters’ preferences may affect the 2020 U.S. election…and other elections to come.Some things that come up in this episode:Generation Z enjoys mocking Millennials (Buzzfeed)The Bennington College study of political attitudes over one’s lifetime (Newcomb, 1943; Alwin, Cohen, & Newcomb, 1992)Kristen’s new report on Generation Z and Millennials’ optimism for the future (Walton Family Foundation, 2020)For a transcript of this episode, visit: http://opinionsciencepodcast.com/episode/polling-young-voters-with-kristen-soltis-anderson/ Learn more about Opinion Science at http://opinionsciencepodcast.com/ and follow @OpinionSciPod on Twitter.
Alex Coppock is an assistant professor of Political Science at Yale University. His research considers what affects people's political beliefs, especially the kinds of messages people regularly encounter--TV ads, lawn signs, Op-Eds, etc. In this episode, he shares the findings of a big, new study that just came out as well as what it means for how persuasion works. Things that came up in this episode:A new study testing dozens the efficacy of dozens of political ads (Coppock, Hill, & Vavreck, 2020)The long-lasting effects of newspaper op-eds on public opinion (Coppock, Ekins, & Kirby, 2018)The effects of lawn signs on vote outcomes (Green, Krasno, Coppock, Farrer, Lenoir, & Zingher, 2016)Framing effects in persuasion (for an overview, see Chong & Druckman, 2007)The sleeper effect (see here for an overview)For a transcript of this episode, visit: http://opinionsciencepodcast.com/episode/political-persuasion-with-alex-coppock/Learn more about Opinion Science at http://opinionsciencepodcast.com/ and follow @OpinionSciPod on Twitter.
Andy Luttrell, PhD is an assistant professor of psychological science at Ball State University and the podcaster/host of Opinion Science, one of Kurt and Tim’s favorites. Andy’s research centers on people’s opinions, including when and how attitudes change. More importantly, Andy is curious about what happens when people moralize their attitudes and how moral arguments can sometimes be compelling and sometimes backfire. Our conversation focused on these areas and we loved the research Andy presented. We were particularly interested in hearing about how people who based their positions on careful analysis tend to be the ones who open enough to be persuaded with the right argument. So our willingness to be open to a fresh idea is in part based on how strong or weak the arguments were in coming to our own conclusions. We found the research fascinating that indicates that people with weak arguments are harder to persuade to new ideas. That was a head-scratcher. Our discussion also covered some thoughtful positions on the so-called Replication Crisis and Andy’s first-hand experience with replication – and non-replication – was insightful. We also want to remind you that Andy’s podcast, Opinion Science, is one of our favorite podcasts – period. We highly recommend it. © 2020 Behavioral Grooves   Links Andy Luttrell, PhD: http://www.andyluttrell.com/ Opinion Science Podcast: http://opinionsciencepodcast.com/episodes/ Richard Petty, PhD: https://psychology.osu.edu/people/petty.1 Arie W. Kruglanski, PhD: Need for Closure: https://psyc.umd.edu/facultyprofile/kruglanski/arie PSA (Public Service Announcement): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_service_announcement Matt Feinberg and Rob Willer on Moral Reframing: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/337861541_Moral_reframing_A_technique_for_effective_and_persuasive_communication_across_political_divides Moral Foundations: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_foundations_theory Registered Report Experiments: https://www.cos.io/initiatives/registered-reports RadioLab: https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab 99% Invisible: https://99percentinvisible.org/ Petty, DeMarree, Brinol, Xia, “Documenting individual differences in the propensity to hold attitudes with certainty”: https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2020-45471-001   Musical Links Weird Al Yankovic: https://www.weirdal.com/ Blue Man Group: https://www.blueman.com/ “Robots” Movie Sound Track: https://music.apple.com/us/album/robots-the-original-motion-picture-soundtrack/723430411
Vanessa Bohns studies the difference between how much influence people have and how influence they think they have. On the podcast, we talk about her studies, why people underestimate their influence, and whether this means we should try asking for more than we do now.If you sit tight until next year, Dr. Bohns has a book coming out called You Have More Influence than You Think.A few things that come up in our conversation:For a general overview of Dr. Bohns’ research on this topic, you can check out this article in Harvard Business Review or her review in Current Directions in Psychological Science.People underestimate how many people they have to ask in order to get someone to agree to do something (Flynn & Bohns, 2008).People even underestimate their influence in getting people to do ethically questionable things (Bohns, Roghanizad, & Xu, 2014).We don’t realize how uncomfortable it is for people to say no to requests (Bohns & Flynn, 2010).The influence process is different between in-person versus emailed requests (Roghanizad & Bohns, 2017).People’s biases about influence even extend to how they think about unwanted romantic advances (Bohns & DeVincent, 2019).We break down the difference between the “spotlight effect” and the “invisibility cloak” bias.Tory Higgins’ “saying is believing” effect shows how much power audiences have (Higgins & Rholes, 1978).Learn more about Opinion Science at http://opinionsciencepodcast.com/ and follow @OpinionSciPod on Twitter.
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Jul 14th, 1988
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