Sorry, but imagining you’re a professor won’t make you smarter (an unsuccessful mass replication of the Professor Prime effect) A pre-registered mass replication attempt published in Perspectives on Psychological Science has raised doubts about another celebrated psychology finding. The collaboration … Continue reading Yes you can replicate
A bias too far Not so long ago most of the stuff published on behavioural economics and behavioural science had a limited audience of practitioners and academics. It may have been a bit dry (the majority were scientific papers), but … Continue reading Popularity pitfalls
How Science Makes “Rick and Morty” Great The season finale of “Rick and Morty,” the Internet Movie Database’s fourth most-popular TV show of all-time, runs tonight. What started as a graphic parody of Back to the Future (minus the headache … Continue reading How does science change us?
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
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?
We are witnessing a renaissance in psychology There’s been a lot of talk of the crisis in psychology. For decades, and often with the best of intentions, researchers have engaged in practices that have made it likely their results are … Continue reading Psychology is not in crisis?
The weird power of the placebo effect, explained Over the last several years, doctors noticed a mystifying trend: Fewer and fewer new pain drugs were getting through double-blind placebo control trials, the gold standard for testing a drug’s effectiveness. In … Continue reading Placebo in your brain