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Assistant Professor of Public Pol...

Harvard Kennedy School
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Harvard Medical School
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  • PhD
    Harvard University
  • PhD
  • PhD
    Harvard Business School
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Center for Public Leadership - Faculty, 19 Mar 2014 [cached]
Todd Rogers Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Todd Rogers, a behavioral ..., 3 Oct 2012 [cached]
Todd Rogers, a behavioral psychologist at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, got interested in looking at pivots, or dodges, or whatever you want to call them, after watching the 2004 Bush-Kerry debate I quoted earlier.
To him, the dodging on both sides of that debate was enraging, and he couldn't understand why others didn't feel the same.
To figure it out, he decided to do a study that tried to replicate what typical viewers see when they watch a debate.
He recorded a moderator asking candidates a series of questions.
In the first question, the moderator asked the candidates about health care in America, and the politician answered with a health care answer - a long disquisition on why Americans could not afford the care they needed.
Rogers then took that answer and used it as a response to a totally different moderator question, this one about the problem of illegal drug use.
"Listeners thought he was just as honest, trustworthy and likable as the guy who actually answered the question," Rogers says.
It was only when the politician answered the terrorism question with a health care answer that people could actually tell. "Everyone noticed, and they thought he was a jerk," Rogers says.
This led Rogers to the conclusion that people are capable of detecting dodges - but only if they're egregious. They don't seem capable of detecting subtle evasions.
Rogers believes this is because we have limited attention, and most of the time when we're watching debates, we spend that attention on social evaluation - Do we like this person? Do we trust this person? - and only generally monitor content.
It's only when the speaker is wildly inconsistent that some deep mental wire is tripped. "It raises some flags, and we direct our limited attention to assessing whether this person is doing something unusual by failing to answer the question and offering an egregiously different answer," Rogers says.
This, Rogers believes, is why politicians can get away with dodging questions as much as 70 percent of the time.
"Politicians," he says, "are exploiting our cognitive limitation without punishment."
Yesware Blog - Email For Salespeople, 23 Aug 2011 [cached]
Todd Rogers, a behavioral scientist at Harvard University, addressed this question at a recent TEDx event.
To illustrate this point, Todd Rogers described himself as simultaneously a loving parent of two kids, a rabid Eagles football fan and a Harvard professor/researcher.
Todd Rogers is a Scientific ..., 28 Sept 2013 [cached]
Todd Rogers is a Scientific Director at ideas42. He is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Todd is a behavioral scientist who tries to understand and influence socially consequential problems. His research attempts to bridge the gap between intention and action. Some topics he has studied include the cognitive and social factors that influence election participation (e.g., get-out-the-vote activities informed by psychological insights), and how time-inconsistent preferences can be leveraged to increase support for future-minded policies and choices (e.g., support for environmental legislation, ordering healthier foods, and watching high-brow movies). His recent work develops and tests behavioral science informed interventions in classrooms. Prior to joining the faculty at HKS he was founding Executive Director of the Analyst Institute, LLC, which uses randomized field experiments and behavioral science insights to understand and improve voter communication programs. Todd was named a Rising Star by Politics Magazine for his work in the 2008 election cycle, and a 40 under 40 award winner by New Leaders Council for leadership in politics. He received his Ph.D. jointly from Harvard's department of Psychology and Harvard Business School, and received his B.A. from Williams College.
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