Tag Archive: psychological science

May 03

Paul Rozin on Music, Food, and Sex

I’m not sure how it’s possible that until yesterday I had never seen Paul Rozin speak. However it happened, I corrected a huge mistake by going to see him give an invited address at the Midwestern Psychological Association meeting in Chicago titled, The Aesthetics and Pleasures of Temporal Sequences. The talk spanned far more than that topic, but as Rozin’s research predicts, it was made extremely memorable by ending with a bang.

Apr 29

The Stapel Continuum

Diederik Stapel

Along with many other psychologists, I’ve been closely following (and participating in) the ongoing discussion about finding ways to effectively improve the shortcomings in our field’s research methods. Given that the Stapel fraud case was an important spark to these discussions, I read Yudhijit Bhattacharjee’s article, The Mind of a Con Man, in this week’s New York Times Magazine with great interest.

Jul 22

Just Post It (update)

An update on Simonsohn’s recently posted paper in which I discuss one of the techniques used to confirm Simonsohn’s suspicions of fraud. The results of the analysis make it clear that the data was not generated by real subjects.

Jul 16

Psychology is Science

Some guy thinks psychology is not really a science. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

Jul 10

Crimes and Misdemeanors: Reforming Social Psychology

Is social psychology in need of reform? I propose that despite high profile cases of fraud, we should be more focused on fixing the mistakes that honest researchers make all the time.

May 09

Replicating Dissonance

Part 2 of my two-part series on conceptual replication: how conceptual replication can prevent us from replicating our mistakes with a look back at the history of Cognitive Dissonance Theory.

May 03

Conceptual Replication

Psychologist Cover

Here is the short commentary that I wrote about conceptual replication for the May issue of The Psychologist. It explains why conceptual replication is integral to social psychology research and why it can seem strange to people in the hard sciences.