Some limits on interpreting causality in neuroscience experiments Causality is the killer test for science. And nowhere is causality more elusive than in neuroscience. We want answers to seemingly simple questions. Does the activity of neuron “Alice” cause behaviour “Boris”? … Continue reading The supernatural in your brain
The Dark Side of That Personality Quiz You Just Took I am the Danube River. My spirit is sparkling and swift. I yearn for new experiences and deep connections with people. I’m adaptable, but to a fault; I rarely see … Continue reading Are personality tests dangerous?
This is Your Brain on Patriotism If you want to understand how patriotism works in the United States, a good place to start is a swim meet in southern California, near the University of California, Irvine campus. It’s hot, and … Continue reading The psychology of patriotism
Sex Sells? No, It Doesn’t Chiseled abs and bikinis can sell just about anything, right? According to the minds behind those Carl’s Jr. ads—and countless others—you’d think that’d be true. This idea that “sex sells” has hung around for more … Continue reading Is there too sex in marketing?
Replication is impossible, falsification unnecessary and truth lies in published articles (?) I recently peer reviewed a partly shocking piece called “Reproducibility in Psychological Science: When Do Psychological Phenomena Exist?“ (Iso-Ahola, 2017). In the article, the author makes some very … Continue reading Do psychological phenomena exist?
Terrorism and the Implicit Association Test Imagine that you’re riding on a very crowded bus in a busy urban area in the US. You get on during a shift change, when a new driver takes over for the old one. … Continue reading The semantics of biases
Science Needs a Solution for the Temptation of Positive Results A few years back, scientists at the biotechnology company Amgen set out to replicate 53 landmark studies that argued for new approaches to treat cancers using both existing and new … Continue reading The reproducibility problem