Month: August 2015

Social Science in the News

‘Social Science Experiments in Lending Always End Badly’: Comments of the Week American Banker American Banker readers share their views […]

8 years ago

The Banality of Terrorism

David Canter, editor of the ‘The Faces of Terrorism,’ questions the psychology of terrorists in the wake of the rise of ISIS.

8 years ago

Did the REF Ultimately Measure Who Got Most Grant Money?

If the funding allocated to universities on the basis of the REF is correlated to the amount of grant income universities already receive, what is the point of the output assessment process? Jon Clayden suggests this apparent double-counting exercise is not the best we can do.

8 years ago

We Found Only a Third of Top-Drawer Psych Studies Reliable

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.

8 years ago

Restoring Self-Worth Encourages Healthy Behaviors

How can we convince people to heed warning labels and other public health campaigns? A paper in the journal ‘Policy Insights from the Brain and Behavioral Sciences’ suggests we focus on self-affirmation.

8 years ago

A Primer for the Beginning Peer Reviewer

The first time you’re asked to write a peer review, it can seem like confirmation that you are no longer an academic poseur but a real member of the club. Then the realization that you’ve never written a peer review sets in. Here are some tips on taking that initial step.

8 years ago