How Manipulation Works in Research

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Manipulation is dangerous, regardless of where it occurs in life.

In this course, we are going to explore specifically how it occurs in scientific research.

Both researchers and other stakeholders can use a myriad methods to twist facts, change emotions in people, reduce the perceived effort of supporting someone, and other means.

This is the only course you will find that focuses on manipulation specifically for research.


Some people – including me – love to know what they’re getting in a package.

And by this, I mean, EVERYTHING that is in the package.

So, here is a list of everything that this course covers:

  • How someone can manipulate someone’s consistency by getting project sponsors to take action or say positive things about their project, which places them in a “consistency trap”;
  • How someone can leverage emotional manipulation through being offended, guilting someone, shaming them, or using emotional blackmail to obtain project support or validation from other researchers or stakeholders;
  • How someone can leverage effort manipulation, making a project or a sponsorship seem easier than it is, reducing the associated effort;
  • How someone can leverage standard manipulation by comparing projects using different criteria, or by “making exceptions” for specific projects, which are treated in a different way;
  • How someone can leverage pressure manipulation to intimidate others into not opposing a project, or not opposing a particular way to execute on a project – especially research teams – as well a the consequences of this;
  • How someone can leverage identification manipulation to seem to identify more with other researchers or project jury members, which will make them more likely to support a given person;
  • How someone can leverage fact manipulation, twisting the facts of specific research projects, and/or twisting the methods in order to achieve specific results;
  • How someone can leverage context manipulation by establishing helpful comparisons or using anchoring to make a better impression with a project;
  • How someone can leverage labeling manipulation, using positive or negative words to reduce a person or a project to those labels, compromising them or giving them undue credit;

What you’ll learn

  • The different types of manipulation in research and science
  • Specific examples of how each type of manipulation may be used in research
  • How to protect yourself against each of these types as a scientist
  • Combinations of the different types of manipulation in research or science projects


  • None. A basic knowledge of persuasion helps (knowing what is social proof, consistency, authority, etc), but it’s NOT required.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone in science or research who wants to learn how to identify and stop manipulation around them!
  • Anyone who wants to know what manipulation traps exist – so they can avoid them

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