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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
 Social and Behavioral Sciences in Action

Using Social Science to Inform Policy: A Discussion with Congressional Members and Staff
      
 SBSIA PurpleA discussion with congressional staff was held on November 12, 2013 focusing on how psychology can inform government policy. Bestselling psychologist Robert Cialdini presented on his innovative work and gave surprising examples of how research from the social sciences informed policy.  His talk was followed by remarks from former Representatives Brian Baird (D-WA) and Nancy Johnson (R-CT).  Political Scientist Arthur Lupia then led a discussion on ways that congressional staff can apply these ides to government policy.

Speaker Bios  |  Cialdini's Presentation                                                                                                      
   
 
Issue Brief from the Event

 
 Read about Cialdini's work

Commitments, Norms, and Custard Creams—A Social Influence Approach to Reducing Did Not Attends (DNAs) - Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (J R Soc Med 2012 vol. 105 no. 3 pg. 101-104)

The Constructive, Destructive, and Reconstructive Power of Social Norms - Psychological Science (May 2007 col. 18 no. 5 pg. 429-434)

Crafting Normative Messages to Protect the Environment - Current Directions in Psychological Science (August 2003 vol. 12 no. 4 pg. 105-109)
      

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