Lyn Van Swol

Communication Science

Professor

vanswol@wisc.edu

608-262-1947

6152 Vilas Hall

Professor Lyn Van Swol

Office Hours:

  • Tuesday 9 to 10am and 1 to 2pm
  • And by appointment

 

Expertise and Activities

I research information sharing in groups, utilization of advice, persuasion, language use in groups, and deception in negotiations. All my research shares the theme of examining what factors are likely to increase acceptance of information during an interaction. My research on information sharing in group examines how people share information with each other in order to persuade and come to consensus in groups. I’m especially interested in the role of information members all know and share in common before having a group discussion. Talking about shared information helps create a common ground among group members. The problem is that by only talking about information that they share in common, groups fail to learn from each other. However, there are advantages to discussing shared information. My research has found that people respond positively to a group member who mentions information that others already know and that when encountering scientific information (for example, on climate change) shared information facilitates persuasion.  Currently, I am working on a project to examine groups sharing information about climate change. I am also collaborating with several researchers to examine what factors can increase the utilization of advice. For example, some of my research examines utilization of advice in medical decision-making, and other current research examines how foresters can give advice to landowners to promote planting trees. Finally, I am working on a project to examine how language is used in groups and how language use can affect emotions, conflict, and persuasion in a group discussion

Education

  • Ph.D. Social Psychology with minor in Quantitative Psychology, University of Illinois, 1999
  • M.A. Social Psychology, University of Illinois, 1995
  • B.A. Psychology, summa cum laude, Loyola University, 1993

Honors/Awards

  • Top three paper award in group communication, NCA, 2005, 2006, 2013, 2017, 2019
  • Dennis Gouran Research Award for best published paper in group communication, NCA, 2007, 2018
  • Best published paper in Small Group Communication, presented at INGroup 2019

Books

L. MacGeorge & L. M. Van Swol, editors (2018). Oxford Handbook of Advice. In Oxford Handbook Series. Oxford University Press.

Selected Articles

Chapters

  • Kane, A., & Van Swol, L. M. (forthcoming). Language use in groups. In M. M. Dehghani & R. L. Boyd (Eds.), The Atlas of Language Analysis in Psychology. Guilford Press.
  • Van Swol, L. M., Polman, E., & Ahn, H. (2019). “Deterring deception: Theory and new directions.” In T. Docan-Morgan (Ed.). Deceptive Communication, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Toma, C., Bonus, A., & Van Swol, L. M. (2019). “Deception production, detection, and beliefs in online environments.” In T. Docan-Morgan (Ed.). Deceptive Communication, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Van Swol, L. M., & Prahl, A. (2018). Giving and receiving advice in groups, networks, and organizations. In E. L. MacGeorge & L. M. Van Swol (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Advice, Oxford University Press.
  • Van Swol, L. M., J. E. Paik, & Prahl, A. (2018). Advice Recipients: The Psychology of Advice Utilization. In E. L. MacGeorge & L. M. Van Swol (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Advice, Oxford University Press.
  • MacGeorge, E., & Van Swol, L. M. (2018). Advice Across Disciplines and Contexts. In E. L. MacGeorge & L. M. Van Swol (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Advice, Oxford University Press.
  • MacGeorge, E., & Van Swol, L. M. (2018). Advice: Communication with Consequence. In E. L. MacGeorge & L. M. Van Swol (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Advice, Oxford University Press.

Courses

  • CA 575 – Communication in Complex Organizations
  • CA 368 – Theory and Practice of Persuasion
  • CA760 – Theory in Communication Science

Links

Curriculum Vitae