Using Social Science to Inform Policy:
A Discussion with Congressional Members and Staff
A discussion with congressional staff was held on November 12, 2013 focusing on how psychology can inform government policy. Bestselling psychologist Robert Cialdini presented on his innovative work and gave surprising examples of how research from the social sciences informed policy. His talk was followed by remarks from former Representatives Brian Baird (D-WA) and Nancy Johnson (R-CT). Political scientist Arthur Lupia then led a discussion on ways that congressional staff can apply these ideas to government policy.
Sponsored by SAGE and the Henry and Bryna David Endowment, the event was hosted by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, as part of a new series of events to highlight intriguing new findings from the social and behavioral sciences that can improve government policy.