Lyn Van Swol
6152 Vilas Hall
- 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
- 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
- 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
L. MacGeorge & L. M. Van Swol, editors (2018). Oxford Handbook of Advice. In Oxford Handbook Series. Oxford University Press.
- 2019. Language and group processes: An integrative, interdisciplinary review. Small Group Research, 50, 3-38. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1046496418785019.
- 2019. The effects of discussion of familiar or non-familiar information on opinions of anthropogenic climate change. Environmental Communication, 13, 1128-1142. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17524032.2019.1610022?src=recsys
- 2019. Imposing advice on powerful people. Communication Reports, 32, 173-187. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08934215.2019.1655082?scroll=top&needAccess=true
- 2018. Manipulating a synchronous or separatist group orientation to improve performance on a hidden profile task.”Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 21, 55-72, http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1368430216647188.
- 2018. Discussion of shared information can increase the influence of divergent members. Communication Research, 45, 188-212, http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0093650215609084.
- 2018. Integrative complexity, dissent, and influence in group discussions. Small Group Research, 49, 409-428, http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1046496418755510.
- 2018. Emoticons’ influence on advice taking. Computers and Human Behavior, 79, 53-58, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747563217306039.
- 2017. Deciding how to deceive: Differences in communication and detection between good and bad liars. Communication Quarterly, 65, 503-522, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01463373.2017.1298637.
- 2017. Silent minority: Argument, information sharing, and polarization of minority opinion through a Structuration theory lens. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 45, 381-396, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00909882.2017.1355557.
- 2017. Advise with permission? The effects of advice utilization on advice outcomes. Communication Studies, 68, 476-492, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10510974.2017.1363795.
- 2017. Towards an understanding of algorithm aversion: Why do decision-makers discount advice from automation?. Journal of Forecasting, 36, 691-702, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/for.2464/abstract.
- 2017. The effects of shared opinions on nonverbal mimicry. Sage Open, 7, 1-11, http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/2158244017707243
- 2017. After studying written materials in preparation for an operating room management course, trust in the content does not change progressively during the live course. Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, 42, 57-62, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28822884.
- 2017. Language Use and Influence Among Minority, Majority, and Homogeneous Group Members. Communication Research, 44, 512 – 529, http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0093650215570658?patientinform-links….
- 2017. Justifications and questions in detecting deception. Group Decision and Negotiation, 26, 1041-1060, https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10726-017-9536-8.
- 2016. The Language of Extremity: The language of extreme members and how the presence of extremity affects group discussion. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 35, 603 – 627, http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0261927X16629788.
- 2016. Justifications offered, questions asked, and linguistic patterns in deceptive and truthful monetary interactions. Group Decision and Negotiation, 25, 641-661, http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10726-015-9455-5.
- 2016. Influence of Data and Formulas on Trust in Information from Journal Articles in an Operating Room Management Course. Anesthesia and Analgesia Case Reports, 6, 329-334, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27166745.
- 2015. Justifications offered, questions asked, and linguistic patterns in deceptive and truthful monetary interactions.” Group Decision and Negotiation, online first, http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10726-015-9455-5?wt_mc=internal.event…..
- 2015. E-mail as the appropriate method of communication for the decision-maker when soliciting advice for an intellective task. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 121, 669 – 677., http://www.researchgate.net/publication/281172775_E-mail_as_the_Appropriate_Meth….
- 2015. His lips are moving: Linguistic indicators of political deceptions. Discourse Processes, 52, 1 -20, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/0163853X.2014.942833.
- 2015. Deception, detection, demeanor, and truth bias in face-to-face and computer mediated communication. Communication Research, 42, 1116-1142, http://crx.sagepub.com/content/42/8/1116.abstract?etoc
- 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.
- CA 575 – Communication in Complex Organizations
- CA 368 – Theory and Practice of Persuasion
- CA760 – Theory in Communication Science