SIO325: How to Be Persuasive, According to Science – Part 2

Dr. Lindsey Osterman explains the rest of the persuasion review paper. This episode has a lot of good, practical info if you’re wanting to try to change minds, for real!

Links: Hussein & Tormala (2021) Undermining Your Case to Enhance Your Impact, Jost et al (2003) Political Conservatism as Motivated Social Cognition, Jost et al (2007) Are Needs to Manage Uncertainty and Threat Associated With Political Conservatism or Ideological Extremity?

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SIO324: How To Be Persuasive, According to Science

With so many people in our country seemingly living in an alternate universe of facts, persuading people to change their mind has never been more important. But… how can we actually do that? What actually works? Dr. Lindsey Osterman is here to science us about it!

Hussein & Tormala (2021) Undermining Your Case to Enhance Your Impact

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SIO323: Did COVID Precautions Increase Adolescent Suicide Risk?

That’s the claim made by many right wing anti COVID restriction people. What’s more, it seems to be based on a CDC report. So is there anything to it? Find out!

Links: Yard et al (2021) CDC report, Popular press coverage of report 1, 2, 2020 CDC report (claiming that adolescent ED visits for mental health increased by 31% in 2020 compared to 2019), CDC Reports on decline in total ED visits for March/April 2020, Through March 2021, Timing of State and Territorial COVID-19 Response, CDC Mortality data 2014-2019, 2020-2022 (provisional), WISQARS nonfatal injury reports, WISQARS fatal injury reports, Lindsey’s Graphs

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SIO321: Does Giving Money to Mothers Boost Baby Brain Activity?

You might have seen the coverage recently of a study that claims to show that giving poor mothers cash payments changed their babies’ brain activity in ways associated with stronger cognitive development. So what is the study, and does it hold up to SIO science thingy scrutiny courtesy of Dr. Lindsey Osterman? Find out!

Links: NYT write-up, Troller-Renfree and colleagues (2022) The Impact of a Poverty Reduction Intervention on Infant Brain Activity, Other publications from Baby’s First Years

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SIO318: Study Says the People Have ‘Near-Zero’ Influence on Policy. Does it Hold Up?

It’s time to give another viral thingy the Dr. Lindsey Osterman treatment! A viral tweet summarizing the findings of a political science study alleges that the people have “near-zero” impact on public policy. What is this study, what did it find, and was it good science? Find out!

Links: Gilens & Page (2014) – Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens, Vox article on Gilens and Page and rebuttals, Bashir (2015) – Response to Gilens and Page, Enns (2015) – Response to Gilens and Page, Middle class income calculator (by region)

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SIO317: Is Instagram Bad for Mental Health? What the Science Says Might Surprise You

The Facebook Whistleblower’s testimony and interviews have made some alarming claims about social media and the harms it may cause. But do all of those claims hold up to scrutiny? Maybe not! Let’s see what psychologist Dr. Lindsey Osterman has to say!

Lindsay’s billion links: Internal Report 1, Teen Mental Health Deep Dive, Internal Report 2, Hard Life Moments: Mental Health Deep Dive, Whistleblower Full Senate Hearing Transcript, Body image dissatisfaction in preadolescent children, Disordered eating and the transition to college: A prospective study, Prevalence of body dissatisfaction among a United States adult sample, Prevalence, Onset, and Course of Suicidal Behavior Among Adolescents and Young Adults in Germany, Lim et al (2019) Suicidality and Self Harm in Children and Adolescents, Swannell et al (2014) Prevalence of NSSI in nonclinical samples, Woods & Scott (2019) #Sleepteens, Keles et al (2002) Social Media and Depression, Anxiety, and Distress, Ferguson et al (2013) Peer, TV, and Social Media Influences on Body Dissatisfaction, ED Symptoms and Life Satisfaction in Adolescent Girl, Orben et al (2019) Social Media’s Enduring Effect on Adolescent Life Satisfaction

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