We all know that politicians these days are known to be masters of deception and as the presidential campaign hots up in the U.S. this interesting snippet from SciFri will help you to understand when the candidates are trying to pull the ‘artful dodge’ on a difficult question.
During the Republican debates Mitt Romney famously told a moderator “You get to ask the questions you want. I get to give the answers I want.” This statement sums up perfectly the tendency that politicians have of dodging difficult questions by twisting their answers to apply.
Social psychologist Todd Rogers and political scientist James Fowler discuss this frequently applied deception and the ways in which voters can avoid being hoodwinked in debates of this nature. They also discuss whether social media can encourage more people to go to the polls and cast their votes.