Flossing and the Art of Scientific Investigation It’s bad enough that expertise is under attack these days from populist political movements that dismiss specialist opinion as just another establishment ruse. But lately expertise is being criticized from another direction, too … Continue reading Randomized controlled trials vs. experts
Ten Famous Psychology Findings That It’s Been Difficult To Replicate Every now and again a psychology finding is published that immediately grabs the world’s attention and refuses to let go – often it’s a result with immediate implications for how … Continue reading Failures of replication in psychology
Do You Believe in God, or Is That a Software Glitch? We’ve all seen them, those colorful images that show how our brains “light up” when we’re in love, playing a video game, craving chocolate, etc. Created using functional magnetic … Continue reading The false positives of fmri
The Tyranny of Simple Explanations Imagine you’re a scientist with a set of results that are equally well predicted by two different theories. Which theory do you choose? This, it’s often said, is just where you need a hypothetical tool … Continue reading Simplicity and truth
Test everything: Why being wrong is right In our competitive world it’s sometimes difficult to admit to ourselves that we are not the experts of the products and services that we design: our customers are. Sure, we know how these … Continue reading Let us experience testing
Psychologists don’t really think their field is in crisis (but finding fails to replicate) In the wake of recent failures to repeat some of psychology’s most famous findings, not to mention a few cases of outright research fraud, it’s been … Continue reading The state of the art of psychology
The Trouble With Economics Dani Rodrik’s new book, “Economics Rules,” asks what’s wrong with the discipline and how to put it right. It’s full of good insights, and has some sage advice for producers and consumers of economic knowledge. If … Continue reading Is economics a credible science?