What Is “Social Priming”? “Social priming” has recently been one of the most controversial topics in psychological science. With failures to replicate proliferating, the field has been called a train-wreck. But what exactly is it? Here’s how I defined social … Continue reading Priming a stereotype
Does Psychology Need SWaG? The Ethics of Naturalistic Experiments Diederik Stapel. Brian Wansink. Nicolas Guéguen. Anyone who’s been following recent debates over research integrity in psychology will recognize these as three prolific and successful academic psychologists who have suffered a … Continue reading Naturalistic experiments
Why Are Some People More Creative Than Others? Creativity is often defined as the ability to come up with new and useful ideas. Like intelligence, it can be considered a trait that everyone—not just creative “geniuses” like Picasso and Steve … Continue reading The creativity in your brain
What is the centre-stage effect? Imagine you’re at the supermarket choosing a bottle of washing-up liquid. In a row of products, which are you likely to reach for? In all likelihood it’s the one in the middle – this is … Continue reading Important people sit in the middle
The backfire effect is elusive The backfire effect is when correcting misinformation hardens, rather than corrects, someone’s mistaken belief. It’s a relative of so called ‘attitude polarisation’ whereby people’s views on politically controversial topics can get more, not less, extreme … Continue reading Do corrections fail?
Armchair science In Galileo’s Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (1632), three Italian gentlemen – one philosopher and two laymen – debate the structure of the Universe. The philosopher, Salviati, argues in support of the Copernican theory, even though … Continue reading Are thought experiments useful?
Researchers uncover a brain process that may help explain the curse of uncontrollable thoughts Distressing conditions including PTSD, depression and anxiety have something in common: a difficulty in suppressing unwanted thoughts. Negative self-judgments and re-experienced traumas directly impact mental health … Continue reading The hidden mind