09/14/2012

Detecting the ‘Artful Dodge’

During the Republican debates, Mitt Romney told a moderator “You get to ask the questions you want. I get to give the answers I want.” Social psychologist Todd Rogers talks about how likely voters are to notice a subtle dodge. James Fowler joins to discuss whether social media can send more people to the polls.

Want to make more people vote? In this 30 second clip, social psychologist Todd Rogers says you can increase voter turnout by applying a little peer pressure.

Segment Guests

James Fowler

James Fowler is the author of Connected: How Your Friends’ Friends’ Friends Affect Everything You Feel, Think, and Do (Little, Brown & Company, 2009) and a professor of medical genetics and political science at the University of California, San Diego in San Diego, California.

Todd Rogers

Todd Rogers is a social psychologist and assistant professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Meet the Producer

About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata is Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.