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Whether it’s getting your partner to do more housework or making your colleagues back your latest idea, we all end up spending a considerable amount of time trying to persuade or even manipulate others.

So can science offer any clever tricks to get people to do what we want, without resorting to bullying them? It’s complicated, but some 30 years of psychological research suggests there might just be a few methods that are worth a try.

Read the full article on The Conversation website, written by Harriet Dempsey-Jones, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences. 

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