I’ve been coming across these issues from several different directions lately, and I wanted to get the basic idea down without killing myself in the writing of it. So consider this a sketchy first draft. The starting point is “behavioral economics,” also known as the “heuristics and biases” subfield of cognitive psychology. Show More Summary
How much do you trust your brain? We're asking, because a new study published in Psychological Science provides scientific evidence that it's not hard to manipulate people's memories -- even to make them believe they've committed a crime. Researchers...
It’s noon Thursday, January 29, 2015, in William James Hall 765: The Statistical Crisis in Science Andrew Gelman, Dept of Statistics and Dept of Political Science, Columbia University Top journals in psychology routinely publish ridiculous,...Show More Summary
In 2011, prominent social psychologist Diederik Stapel admitted to fabricating dozens of scientific studies. One year later, Stapel published Ontsporing ("Derailment"), a book about his rise and fall in the field of social psychology. Originally released in Dutch, Ontsporting has now been translated into English. Read more...
Twitter isn't just for sharing cat photos. The service can also be used to map rates of heart disease, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have found. The study, published in Psychological Science on Jan. 20, finds that emotions...Show More Summary
New research suggests that prevention of infections and reducing stress-related illness might be as simple as a hug from a trusted person. The findings of this latest research were published in Psychological Science. It found that the physical act of hugging is associated with protection from the effects of depression and anxiety, as well as […]
Scientists might be able to predict how long you'll live based on... what your friends think of you. So says a study published in Psychological Science, in which researchers found that subjects whose friends viewed them as more conscientious and open tended to have longer lives. The men seen as...
NEW PhDs in maths and physics are earned mostly by men, while—in America at least—half of those in molecular biology and neuroscience are awarded to women. In the social sciences and humanities, art history and psychology are dominated by women, and economics and philosophy by men. Show More Summary
In a recent discussion of replication in science (particularly psychology experiments), the question came up of how to interpret things when a preregistered replication reaches a conclusion different from the original study. Typically...Show More Summary
A study surveying the social media habits of 800 men confirmed with science what we’ve always known in our hearts — if you constantly take a bunch of selfies and post them online, you might have some mild psychological issues. More »
A massive study surveying the social media habits of 800 men confirmed with science what we've always known in our hearts—if you constantly take a bunch of selfies and post them online, you might have some mild psychological issues. Read more...
There’s been a paper making round and a few folks have asked me for comments. It is called “Political Diversity will Improve Social Psychological Science.” It is forthcoming in Behavioral and Brain Sciences and is co-authored by Jose Duarte, Jarett Crawford, Jonathan Haidt, Lee Jussim and Phil Tetlock. Duarte et al. make the following claims: […]
A spaceship is a terribly good place to set horror stories of all stripes. There’s the objective terror of it all—there’s
Is your desk messy? Are there piles of paper everywhere? Feel shame no longer, science says it makes us more creative! The study was published in the journal, Psychological Science and summarized in a New York Times article. The researchers...
An interesting point came up recently. In the abstract to my psychology talk, I’d raised the question: If we can’t trust p-values, does experimental science involving human variation just have to start over? In the comments, Rahul wrote: Isn’t the qualifier about human variation redundant? If we cannot trust p-values we cannot trust p-values. Show More Summary
Each year, Edge Foundation founder John Brockman poses an interesting question to thinkers in a wide range of fields: psychology, theoretical physics, evolution, cognitive science, and more. This year's question was "What scientific idea is ready for retirement?" And here are some of the answers. Read more...
One goal, 365 days. Science says you've got this
Think about the faces of the acquaintances you know and ask yourself how trustworthy you think they are. A new study, published in Psychological Science, indicates that people usually presume that strangers with average, typical faces are more trustworthy than people with more attractive faces. Show More Summary
HR software is undergoing radical change. Driven by a deeper understanding of cognition, persuasion science, psychology and what moves us, HR software is moving into setting operations goals (the OKR model) with theories taken from Google and Intel, inspired by the quantified self movement and concerned with how happiness at work happens.
The simple act of saving something, such as a file on a computer, may improve our memory for the information we encounter next, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Show More Summary