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Prediction: The Replication Crisis will be Solved by Market Forces, not Academics

Social science is in an interesting place, especially my home discipline of social psychology. ¬†Traditionally, it has been practiced by scholars at academic institutions who are relatively unaffected by market forces, which meant that it didn’t really matter to people’s careers if what was discovered in social science was actually used, but rather that those [...]

Does social psychology try too hard to be perceived as a “science”?

I recently read this article in the American Psychological Society’s magazine, the Observer, and it reminded me of this article by Paul Rozin, detailing how social psychology’s desire to be perceived as more scientific has led it to restrict the range of methods deemed acceptable (an over reliance on confirmatory rather than exploratory methods). ¬†As [...]

What can psychology tell us about moral reasoning that literature and the humanities cannot?

Some colleagues of mine were fortunate enough to gather in Herzilaya, Israel for a conference on morality, the product of which is publicly available online. As I reach the end of my graduate school career, I find myself wondering about the greater purpose of some of the research psychologists do and I found particular resonance [...]

Book Reviews – Consilience between psychology and books I read.

One think I often do on this blog is write about books I’ve read and how they relate to psychology studies. A long time ago, I attended my favorite event in Los Angeles, the LA Times Festival of Books, and picked up the book Consilience, by E. O. Wilson. Consilience literally means the “jumping together” [...]