Baby name negotiations have hit a roadblock. You’re fighting for Frederick, but he’s not budging from Benjamin. What can you do?
Offer him a cup of coffee.
Or, if your partner isn’t into coffee, try a different caffeinated beverage such as tea or soda.
Why? Because caffeine makes us easier to persuade. Caffeine is a stimulant that helps us stay alert. Alertness, in turn, makes us more susceptible to messages of persuasion.
Once he’s taken a few sips, restate your case. You might make him a fan of Frederick yet…
Source: Martin, Pearl Y., et al., “Caffeine, Cognition, and Persuasion: Evidence for Caffeine Increasing the Systematic Processing of Persuasive Messages.” Journal of Applied Social Psychology 35.1 (2005): 160–182. [via PsyBlog]
Photo: Paul J. S.