Solving the Problem of “Obviousness” with Prediction Platforms In the fall issue of Public Opinion Quarterly in 1949, sociologist Paul Lazarsfeld pulled one of my favorite social science head fakes of all time. Lazarsfeld was tasked with reviewing the first … Continue reading Addressing obviousness in experiments
Want To Know Whether A Psychology Study Will Replicate? Just Ask A Bunch Of People As most observers of psychological science recognise, the field is in the midst of a replication crisis. Multiple high-profile efforts to replicate past findings have … Continue reading Failure to replicate?
You Don’t Want to Be a Human Guinea Pig? That’s Unfortunate Human beings really don’t like to be guinea pigs. Many people are inclined to rebel if they learn that they are in some kind of experiment. For private companies … Continue reading The morality of randomized experiments
Now John Bargh’s Famous Hot-Coffee Study Has Failed To Replicate If you Google “holding a warm cup of coffee can” you’ll get a handful of results all telling the same story based on social priming research (essentially the study of … Continue reading The power of warm coffee
What if the Placebo Effect Isn’t a Trick? The Chain of Office of the Dutch city of Leiden is a broad and colorful ceremonial necklace that, draped around the shoulders of Mayor Henri Lenferink, lends a magisterial air to official … Continue reading The quarantine of the placebo effect
Here’s Why We Need To Rethink Everything We Know About The Stanford Prison Experiment The Stanford Prison Experiment is arguably one of the most famous experiments in modern psychology and has been used as a demonstration of how people rapidly … Continue reading Toxic context
How Changing My Economic Model Made Me a Climate Change Optimist Let’s start by assuming climate change is real and that the primary cause is fossil fuels, because those two things are true. The question is how to stop it. … Continue reading The other side of models