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Caffeinate Your Conversation Partner to Win an Argument
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Caffeinate Your Conversation Partner to Win an Argument

Shep McAllister, Gawker Media

Caffeinate Your Conversation Partner to Win an Argument

Whether you're trying to convince a friend where to grab lunch, or trying to sway your boss to your side in a meeting, your odds may be better if they have a little caffeine in their system.

Researchers in Australia ran an experiment in which participants were presented with two opposing sides of several arguments. One group was given a dose of caffeine between hearing the second of the two messages, while a control group only took a placebo. Interestingly, the experimental group was more easily swayed, on average, by the second set of arguments.

A cup of coffee isn't going to guarantee a raise from your boss, but you can still try to time your interactions based on when your conversation partner last visited the break room for a cup of coffee. It might not make a huge difference, but it just might be enough to push them over the edge if you present your ideas well.

Effects of caffeine on persuasion and attitude change: The role of secondary tasks in manipulating systematic message processing | Erowid via Real Simple

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