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Can Social Scientists Promote the Effects of Social Influence During War? An Effect Size Perspective

Commentary on the article by Sara King (2010), Military Social Influence in the Global Information Environment: A Civilian Primer.


Chih-Long Yen, Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology and Social Work, National Defense University, Taiwan [e-mail:].


A recent paper in Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy by Sara King presented an overview of the role of social influence in modern military affairs. The current article comments on King's paper by focusing on the limitations of implementing social science theory on wartime affairs. Specifically, the author addresses these limitations within an effect size framework, and suggests that a cautious attitude is needed when utilizing social-science theories in wartime affairs.