Trying to convince a friend to back your choice of lunch venue, or need to sway your boss onto your side in a meeting? Your odds may be better if they have a little caffeine in their system.
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Researchers in Australia ran an experiment in which participants were presented with two opposing sides of several arguments. One group was given a dose of caffeine between hearing the second of the two messages, while a control group only took a placebo. The caffeine-consuming group was more easily swayed, on average, by the second set of arguments.
A cup of coffee isn't going to guarantee a raise from your boss, but you can still try to time your interactions based on when your conversation partner last visited the break room for a cup of coffee. It might not make a huge difference, but it just might be enough to push them over the edge if you present your ideas well.