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By Huw Green | Published: September 14, 2015
Psychology is still digesting the implications of a large study published last month, in which a team led by University of Virginia’s Brian Nosek repeated 100 psychological experiments and found that only 36 percent of originally “significant” (in the statistical sense) results were replicated. Commentators are divided over how much to worry about the news. […]
By Elizabeth Gilbert and Nina Strohminger | Published: August 27, 2015
A small but vocal contingent of researchers has maintained that many, perhaps most, published studies are wrong. But how bad is this problem, exactly? And what features make a study more or less likely to turn out to be true? A team of 270 researchers asked the question of published psychology studies.
By J. Wesley Boyd | Published: July 15, 2015
The US tortured prisoners in the 'War on Terror.' That that a major health care association colluded in this, argues J. Wesley Boyd, is unconscionable.
By Suzanne Bouffard | Published: April 21, 2015
Every year, innocent people sit in prison cells, some of them even on death row. A surprising number are there because they confessed to crimes they did not commit. Psychologist Saul Kassin is looking into why.
By Kate Wheeling | Published: March 17, 2015
New Zealand native Brian Sutton-Smith, a developmental psychologist who brought study of fun off the playground and into the classroom, passed away earlier this month at age 90.
By Social Science Space | Published: September 4, 2014
The latest winners of the Gold Goose Award for seemingly weird science with big practical benefits are researchers whose brush with lab rat love is now helping thousands of preemies.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: July 16, 2014
What does the Facebook emotional contagion study really tells us about research ethics? Perhaps, argues Robert Dingwall, that its time to deregulate public social science.
By Richard Keegan | Published: June 16, 2014
A sports psychologist offers a half-time lesson on what armchair psychologists can use in assessing the on-the-field action.
By Social Science Space | Published: May 12, 2014
Stanford cognitive psychologist James L. McClelland and Harvard psychologist Elizabeth Shilin Spelke are the inaugural recipients of the National Academy of Sciences Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences. They received their awards last month. The NAS Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences, with its $200,000 award, will be given every two years for significant advances […]
By Oliver Burkeman | Published: March 22, 2014
Oliver Burkeman explores human nature, violence, feminism and religion with one of the world’s most controversial cognitive scientists. Can he dent Steven Pinker’s optimism?
By Paul M. W. Hackett | Published: January 6, 2014
There they sit, giving the ‘thumbs-up’ to our lives, affirming that all is okay in our world. The ubiquitous “like” button, the “like” option or “recommend” button are familiar features of many social media websites. The ‘like” feature on a social network site or blog allows readers to express their positive emotional and cognitive reactions […]
By Robert Dingwall | Published: September 18, 2013
Not many social scientists introduce a phrase into the English language and its subsequent history is instructive about the ways in which the impact of successful sociology becomes invisible. It is also a nice example of how ideas become assimilated into a societal environment that finds it hard to accept the sociologist’s focus on systems and organizations.