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Should this paper in Psychological Science be retracted? The data do not conclusively demonstrate the claim, nor do they provide strong evidence in favor. The data are, however, consistent with the claim (as well as being consistent with no effect)

Retractions or corrections of published papers are rare. We routinely encounter articles with fatal flaws, but it is so rare that such articles are retracted that it’s news when it happens. Retractions sometimes happen at the request...Show More Summary

This is Your Brain on Parasites: strong stories, shaky science

Kathleen McAuliffe's book revels in gruesome tales and psychological theories, but shows a disregard for what parasitology actually is

On deck this week

Mon: How is Brexit different than Texit, Quexit, or Scotxit? Tues: Should this paper in Psychological Science be retracted? The data do not conclusively demonstrate the claim, nor do they provide strong evidence in favor. The data are,...Show More Summary

Mauboussin: The Psychology Behind Making Better Decisions

As usual, an excellent discussion with Michael Mauboussin on the decision making process:     The Psychology Behind Making Better Decisions Source: Science of Success   The post Mauboussin: The Psychology Behind Making Better Decisions appeared first on The Big Picture.

When it comes to knowing your true self, believe in free will

Diminishing a person's belief in free will leads to them feeling less like their true selves, according to recent research published in Social Psychological and Personality Science. In a pair of studies, researchers from Texas A&M University manipulated people's beliefs in free will to see how this would affect the subjects' sense of authenticity, their sense of self. read more

article discussion: is marriage an all or nothing institution? by finkel et al. (2015)

Starting on July 1, we will discuss “The Suffocation Model: Why Marriage in America is Becoming an All or Nothing Institution” by Finkel et al. This appeared last summer in Directions in Psychological Science. The discussion will be less intense than a full blown book forum, but we will dedicate one or two posts to […]

Here's the science that could explain if Donald Trump is a con artist

It's increasingly possible that Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, is a con artist.  There are ways to find out. In February, Business Insider's video team asked psychology and science writer Maria Konnikova,...Show More Summary

MiB: Steven Pinker on Language and Violence

This week on our Masters in Business podcast, we speak with Steven Pinker, Professor of cognitive psychology at Harvard, is a psychologist, linguist, and popular science author, specializing in visual cognition and psycholinguistics....Show More Summary

10,000 hours debunked again? In elite sport, amount of practice does not explain who performs best

In elite sport, what distinguishes the best from the also rans? A new meta-analysis in Perspectives on Psychological Science looks at all the relevant data to see whether the most important factor is an athlete's amount of accumulated...Show More Summary

Researchers demonstrate new breakthrough in public relations, promoting a study before it appears in Psychological Science or PPNAS

Ivan Oransky pointed me to this press release: Study finds honesty varies significantly between countries Research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) has found that people’s honesty varies significantly between countries. It also...Show More Summary

MiB: Steven Pinker

This week on our Masters in Business podcast, we speak with Steven Pinker, Professor of cognitive psychology at Harvard, is a psychologist, linguist, and popular science author, specializing in visual cognition and psycholinguistics....Show More Summary

Serving families with science and empathy

Genetic counseling can offer rewarding career opportunities at the interface of genetics, medicine, psychology, education, and counseling

“Replication initiatives will not salvage the trustworthiness of psychology”

So says James Coyne, going full Meehl. I agree. Replication is great, but if you replicate noise studies, you’ll just get noise, hence the beneficial effects on science are (a) to reduce confidence in silly studies that we mostly shouldn’t...Show More Summary

Science Confirms That Any Way You Want To 'Sleep Train' Is FINE

Sleep training can be controversial, and many parents worry that letting their babies cry themselves to sleep could lead to bonding and psychological issues. But a small new study adds to the growing body of research that supports the popular method known as "graduated extinction," or controlled crying, as safe and effective. Show More Summary

Replication Crisis in Psychology: Part Four

Parts one, two, and three. On: How should scientists respond to failed replications?  What kinds of responses contribute to a progressive science? Another major news story surrounding replication in the last few months was the failure to replicate the ego depletion effect.  It’s an interesting case because the psychologist famous for naming and discovering the […]

Serving Those Who Serve, More Than 360 Uniformed Medical Professionals Graduate From USU

More than 360 uniformed professionals and their guests will receive their long-deserved medical, graduate nursing, dental and biomedical science, public health and clinical psychology degrees on May 21 - Armed Forces Day - at the Uniformed...Show More Summary

Using Brain Scans to Diagnose Mental Disorders

Some clinics are using brain imaging (especially SPECT) for diagnosing psychological conditions like ADHD and depression, but there's little science to support this use.

Inside the Lab That’s Inventing Your Next Favorite Flavor

What we talk about when we talk about the science and psychology of flavor. The post Inside the Lab That's Inventing Your Next Favorite Flavor appeared first on WIRED.

Internet Psychology Part I – Why the Best Memes Go Viral

Unless you have been hiding under a rock of late, you’ve seen a social media-spread Internet meme or two; the hilarious, the shocking and the big, fat fails. Finally, the complex science of modelling and investigating our use of Internet memes is beginning to bloom, revealing not only how to make memes go viral and […]

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