Read Dr. Toomey’s “Facts Don’t Change Minds – Social Networks, Group Dialogue, and Stories Do”
Associate Professor Dr. Anne Toomey recently published an article titled “Why facts don’t change minds: Insights from cognitive science for the improved communication of conservation research” in Biological Conservation.
Read her post about this article on the London School of Economics and Political Science Impact Blog: “Facts Don’t Change Minds – Social Networks, Group Dialogue, and Stories Do”.
There is often a presumption amongst scientists that communicating the evidence on a given issue is on its own persuasive enough to change minds. Anne H. Toomey argues thinking in this way itself ignores evidence from other fields of research and presents four ways by which researchers can engage with findings from the social sciences to better communicate their work.
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Anne Toomey, PhD, was the featured guest on an episode titled “From Persuasion to Connection: Better Communication of Environmental Science.”
By Gabrielle Robb ’23
Environmental Studies graduate Gabrielle Robb shares her experience interning with the New York Restoration Project.