Conservatives are biologically and neurologically different from liberals. Science says so.
If you follow politics at all in the United States, you’ll have heard that claim, and even perhaps read about some of the individual studies supporting it. Social or political conservatives, these studies have found, are more reactive to threats, more easily disgusted, more dogmatic and more receptive to authoritarian structures and leaders.…Read More
Here’s one way to break the rules in research:
- Be a woman in a male-dominated field.
- Have a big, easy-to-explain framework that purports to explain and predict what legions of your fellow researchers (and pundits) have struggled to explain and predict for decades.
The global communications firm Edelman every year puts out a huge survey of public trust levels in institutions that always gets a ton of headlines. As always, the 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer is stuffed with fascinating data and takeaways. This year’s headline: “despite a strong global economy and near full employment, none of the four societal institutions the study measures — government, business, NGOs and media — is trusted.” In addition, only one of these groups (business) is seen as competent.…Read More
It’s now an article of both evidence and faith among science communicators that the information deficit model of communicating science (the idea that you, a non-scientist, have a deficit of information or knowledge about something and I, the expert, am going to give you enough information to remove your deficit) doesn’t work.…Read More
How do you justify that the study you’ve just published (or that a staff researcher has just published and that you’re being asked to promote) is sound?
Well, it was published in a peer-reviewed journal, wasn’t it? Isn’t that enough justification?…Read More
There’s a strong happy-talk, booster culture in research communications, especially on Twitter — it’s all good! get out there and communicate!
That culture stands as a corrective to the still-common attitude in science that research communication is at best an afterthought and certainly nothing reputable scholars need invest in.…Read More
Research-driven organizations, as a rule, are (unlike the rest of the world) obsessed with what’s on their websites.
So why do their websites all look the same? And why is the content so dull?
It’s because these organizations aren’t obsessed with their websites as vehicles of differentiation — but as extensions of their organizations and organizational mindsets.…Read More
How do you decide what specific tactics — tweeting? op-eds? a roundtable? smoke signals? — to use in communicating your research idea to non-specialists?
Most research communication efforts throw up their collective hands and say: let’s do everything. Or let’s do what we always do.…Read More
You already have this list, if only in your head. Everyone who runs or works for a research-driven organization does.
It’s the list of all the evidence-based things you and your researchers don’t feel you can say or talk about publicly.…Read More