Is it really apparent? /pol/ is a massive board, and flooding it with weak arguments and bait would be beyond difficult. It's a broad set of political outcasts, and it's not likely that a board of that size would have one-sided discussions.
Former 8/pol/ mod here, you have no idea how much shilling goes on there. For example, there used to be 2-3 posters that would act like total retards in one thread pretending to support NS, while in another they would try to post anarchist propaganda. The board required 24/7 attention to prevent people from flooding it. There were also people who would post all day every day across multiple threads about a single topic (for example: x celebrity is a secret tranny).
There are moments of true gold, for example the beaver poster. But they are getting rarer as the shilling intensifies.
First and foremost my mind is pretty scrambled at the moment but I figured I might as well post. So, sorry if this post is a bit jumbled.
I'm not sure about "research" in the sense of doing studies or whatnot, but I can tell you what sort of "psychopolitics" I've noticed, or at the very least, what is a sort of societal vulnerability, and not necessarily intentionally exploited.
-Things that I'd say matter with psychopolitics… Well. you can fabricate a problem, or take an already existing problem and make it seem like a big or new deal, and you just so happen to have the solution(lucky you!)
-Memes are a big deal; the average person seems to run off their first exposure to a thing.
-When one has an emotional connection to their country, that connection creates certain vulnerabilities, and basically Patriotism can be used to steer people, as they want to be part of something bigger (naturally).
-People love to be told they are smart, indirectly or otherwise, and inversely, no one wants to be made a fool of. You can trick someone by telling them they are being tricked, even if the proposed trick isn't even really based on anything.
what this guy said, psychological subversion is incredibly common. on small scales it's basically a conversation tactic, on larger scales it has had massive effects on the way people think and act