Reactions to Advice

Do the powerful reject unsolicited advice? (Van Swol, MacGeorge, & Prahl)        

We prime perception of power and determine if this affects how much participants reject offered advice and their perception of the advice

Does politeness help increase acceptance of unsolicited advice? (Van Swol, MacGeorge, Prahl, & Paik)

We are studying whether politeness helps or backfires when giving unsolicited advice.

You should not give others unsolicited advice: We can solve this problem. (Van Swol & Prahl)

The study tests the use of pronouns in increasing the acceptance of unsolicited advice. We are testing whether use of “you” pronouns is a bad idea when giving unsolicited advice.

Advice utilization in medical decisions with correct answers (Prahl, Dexter, & Van Swol)

In collaboration with Franklin Dexter, Andrew Prahl and Lyn Van Swol examined how to frame advice to medical decision-makers in order to increase its utilization.  In their first paper (published in 2013 in Anesthesia and Analgesia), they explored how group decision-making may not be a good mode of decision-making for medical decisions with a correct, but difficult to demonstrate, answer.  In these scenarios, reliance on an expert is key because stakeholders in groups do not have the expertise to understand aspects of the decision.  A second paper in review by this lab explored how to increase utilization of advice from experts for these types of decisions.