As a psychology major, it’s not uncommon to hear people make negative remarks about the psychology field. There is the typical comments about psychology being a soft-science and a useless major. To these people, psychological studies are made-up to convince us that everyone is crazy or abnormal. Well, the next time you encounter these people, keep in mind these practical and not made up applications of psychological research.
Persuading others your opinion represents the whole group:
Say you are in meeting at work where everyone is discussing a new policy that you believe is unfair and takes away from the work you do. Now, you want to convince everyone else, including your boss, that the new policy is a bad idea but are pretty sure no one else is as worked up as you are about the policy. What do you do? According to a psychology study, to convince others that your opinion is representative of the majority, then just repeat yourself. This surprising psychology study finds that if one person in a group repeats the same opinion three times, it has 90% of the effect of three different people in that group expressing the same opinion. (more…)