Episode Three: Can We Agree to Disagree?

🗣 What does social science have to say about changing our views and listening to opposing view points?

Host Christopher Robichaud sits down with Julia Minson, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, to discuss her research into listening, cognitive dissonance, and disagreement.

About Julia Minson

Photo: Martha Stewart

Julia Minson is Assistant Professor of Public Policy. She is a social psychologist with research interests in group judgment and decision-making, negotiations, and social influence. Her primary line of research addresses psychological biases that prevent managers, consumers, and policy-makers from gaining maximum value from collaboration. She also studies the conditions that make people willing to listen and be receptive to views and opinions they strongly oppose. Her most recent work deals with structuring group interaction to maximize decision-making effectiveness.

Prior to coming to the Kennedy School, Minson served as a Lecturer at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where she taught Negotiations at both the MBA and the undergraduate levels. She received her PhD in Social Psychology from Stanford University and her BA in Psychology from Harvard University.

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