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Most comments: 17

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2013-06-19 11:33:34 (17 comments, 23 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

...and the internet is making us stoopid

As usual, xkcd nails it.

Most reshares: 28

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2013-07-12 02:09:37 (7 comments, 28 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Useful links for our article explaining why most psychology interventions do not adequately control for placebo effects

Two days, ago, +Walter Boot, Cary Stothart, Cassie Stutts, and I published a paper in Perspectives on Psychological Science (linked below) arguing that most studies in psychology do not adequately account for the placebo effect. I thought it might be useful to provide all of the relevant links about that paper in one place, so I'm doing so here. I'll update this post as needed.

Paper: http://pps.sagepub.com/content/8/4/445.full

My blog post: http://blog.dansimons.com/2013/07/pop-quiz-what-can-we-learn-from.html

*The public repository for data and information about the studies we conducted and our paper *: http://openscienceframework.org/project/7EB6A/

Frequent Questions Answered:... more »

Most plusones: 99

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2014-02-23 01:27:17 (14 comments, 8 reshares, 99 +1s)Open 

Another video that made me happy

Great for anyone who likes New Orleans jazz or 1980s rock. 

Latest 50 posts

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2014-12-15 16:42:36 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Response from Ballesteros et al to my HI-BAR
In late November, I posted a HI-BAR review of a paper by Ballesteros et al (2014) that appeared in Frontiers . In addition to a number of other issues I discussed there and in an earlier review of another paper, I raised the concern that the paper republish...

Response from Ballesteros et al to my HI-BAR
In late November, I posted a HI-BAR review of a paper by Ballesteros et al (2014) that appeared in Frontiers . In addition to a number of other issues I discussed there and in an earlier review of another paper, I raised the concern that the paper republish...___

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2014-12-04 16:13:46 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Some background information and missing links from my recent New York Times op-ed, co-authored with +Daniel Simons, on false memories and the case of Neil deGrasse Tyson and George W. Bush.

Some background information and missing links from my recent New York Times op-ed, co-authored with +Daniel Simons, on false memories and the case of Neil deGrasse Tyson and George W. Bush.___

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2014-11-20 19:56:45 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

HI-BAR: More benefits of Lumosity training for older adults?
HI-BAR (Had I Been A Reviewer) For more information about HI-BAR reviews, see my post introducing the acronym Ballesteros S, Prieto A, Mayas J, Toril P, Pita C, Ponce de León L, Reales JM and Waterworth J (2014) Brain training with non-action video games en...

HI-BAR: More benefits of Lumosity training for older adults?
HI-BAR (Had I Been A Reviewer) For more information about HI-BAR reviews, see my post introducing the acronym Ballesteros S, Prieto A, Mayas J, Toril P, Pita C, Ponce de León L, Reales JM and Waterworth J (2014) Brain training with non-action video games en...___

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2014-04-03 19:06:16 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Nice piece on different reasons to try direct replications in your research.

Replicating Down vs. Replicating Up
More and more people are involved in replication research.
This is a good thing. Why conduct replication experiments? A major motivation for
recent replication attempts appears to have been because there are serious doubts
about certain findings. On that vi...___Nice piece on different reasons to try direct replications in your research.

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2014-04-02 18:39:07 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

HI-BAR: Benefits of Lumosity training for older adults?
HI-BAR (Had I Been A Reviewer) A post-publication review of Mayas J., Parmentier, F. B. R., Andrés P., & Ballesteros, S. (2014) Plasticity of Attentional Functions in Older Adults after Non-Action Video Game Training: A Randomized Controlled Trial. PLoS ONE...

HI-BAR: Benefits of Lumosity training for older adults?
HI-BAR (Had I Been A Reviewer) A post-publication review of Mayas J., Parmentier, F. B. R., Andrés P., & Ballesteros, S. (2014) Plasticity of Attentional Functions in Older Adults after Non-Action Video Game Training: A Randomized Controlled Trial. PLoS ONE...___

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2014-02-23 01:27:17 (14 comments, 8 reshares, 99 +1s)Open 

Another video that made me happy

Great for anyone who likes New Orleans jazz or 1980s rock. 

Another video that made me happy

Great for anyone who likes New Orleans jazz or 1980s rock. ___

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2014-02-21 17:36:41 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

How experts recall chess positions
How experts recall chess positions Originally posted to  invisiblegorilla blog  on 15 February 2012.  I am consolidating some posts from my other blogs onto my  personal website  where I have been blogging for the past year. In 2011, a computer ( Watson ) o...

How experts recall chess positions
How experts recall chess positions Originally posted to  invisiblegorilla blog  on 15 February 2012.  I am consolidating some posts from my other blogs onto my  personal website  where I have been blogging for the past year. In 2011, a computer ( Watson ) o...___

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2014-02-21 02:00:17 (4 comments, 10 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Videos that made me happy today, part 2
Goats balancing on a flexible piece of steel

Videos that made me happy today, part 2
Goats balancing on a flexible piece of steel___

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2014-02-21 01:59:33 (5 comments, 18 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Videos that made me happy today, part 1

Brian Williams does Rapper's Delight

Videos that made me happy today, part 1

Brian Williams does Rapper's Delight___

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2014-02-15 15:29:30 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Cool things you can do with strips of paper

This is a really neat video showing what happens when you fold, tape, and cut strips of paper in the right ways. Appropriate for Valentine's day (watch to the end). HT: Mark Mitton.

A Valentine from Möbius || Radcliffe Institute

Cool things you can do with strips of paper

This is a really neat video showing what happens when you fold, tape, and cut strips of paper in the right ways. Appropriate for Valentine's day (watch to the end). HT: Mark Mitton.

A Valentine from Möbius || Radcliffe Institute___

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2014-02-14 19:37:23 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

HI-BAR: 10 questions about Inattentional blindness, race, and interpersonal goals
HI-BAR (Had I Been A Reviewer) A post-publication review of Brown-Iannuzzi et al (2014). The invisible man: Interpersonal goals moderate inattentional blindness to African Americans.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143 , 33-37. [ pubmed ] [ fu...

HI-BAR: 10 questions about Inattentional blindness, race, and interpersonal goals
HI-BAR (Had I Been A Reviewer) A post-publication review of Brown-Iannuzzi et al (2014). The invisible man: Interpersonal goals moderate inattentional blindness to African Americans.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143 , 33-37. [ pubmed ] [ fu...___

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2014-02-06 00:59:37 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Some really top-notch pin jugglers. Looks like the might be college students. Almost certainly professional. Definitely worth a watch.
http://digg.com/video/these-kids-are-entirely-too-good-at-juggling

Some really top-notch pin jugglers. Looks like the might be college students. Almost certainly professional. Definitely worth a watch.
http://digg.com/video/these-kids-are-entirely-too-good-at-juggling___

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2014-01-30 01:25:42 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Interesting that NIH is planning to make changes to improve reproducibility. Psychology as a field (and APS in particular) has been taking the lead on such changes in the past 2 years, including implementing some of the changes noted in this report.

NIH and Obama weighing in on #reproducibility .  

Plus +Elizabeth Iorns thoughts! Check it out.___Interesting that NIH is planning to make changes to improve reproducibility. Psychology as a field (and APS in particular) has been taking the lead on such changes in the past 2 years, including implementing some of the changes noted in this report.

2014-01-29 14:07:33 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Want to calculate effect sizes for your data (or someone else's)? 

Here's a great tool from +Daniel Lakens. It's an Excel spreadsheet. Just enter what you know, and it will calculate whatever effect size measures are appropriate and calculable from your info. What a great resource!

fromr2d2 | lakens2 

Want to calculate effect sizes for your data (or someone else's)? 

Here's a great tool from +Daniel Lakens. It's an Excel spreadsheet. Just enter what you know, and it will calculate whatever effect size measures are appropriate and calculable from your info. What a great resource!

fromr2d2 | lakens2 ___

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2014-01-29 14:02:04 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

A terrific dynamic version of the Thatcher Illusion
(HT Richard Wiseman)

Making your head spin II - Tricks,illusions,maths or science? (8/9)

A terrific dynamic version of the Thatcher Illusion
(HT Richard Wiseman)

Making your head spin II - Tricks,illusions,maths or science? (8/9)___

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2014-01-25 16:33:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Some more thoughts on the Donnellan et al replication attempt that I posted about yesterday.

Some more thoughts on the Donnellan et al replication attempt that I posted about yesterday.___

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2014-01-25 16:21:46 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Replication, Retraction, and Responsibility
Replication, Retraction, and Responsibility Congrats/thanks to Brent Donnellan, Joe Cesario, and Rich Lucas for their tenacity and perseverance. They conducted 9 studies with more than 3000 participants in order to publish a set of direct replications. Thei...

Replication, Retraction, and Responsibility
Replication, Retraction, and Responsibility Congrats/thanks to Brent Donnellan, Joe Cesario, and Rich Lucas for their tenacity and perseverance. They conducted 9 studies with more than 3000 participants in order to publish a set of direct replications. Thei...___

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2014-01-25 01:27:36 (9 comments, 5 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

A great example of inattentional blindness. Would've been better had it been a gorilla, though.

http://imgur.com/9OaMYnu

A great example of inattentional blindness. Would've been better had it been a gorilla, though.

http://imgur.com/9OaMYnu___

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2014-01-09 19:46:49 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

An attempt from the Open Science Foundation to crowdsource a database of academic article meta-data.

You can add this extension to your Chrome browser and it will help without you having to do anything else.

Here's more info about what it does: http://scinet.osf.io/citelet/faq/

Add extension and be part of a crowdsourcing an open citation network database.___An attempt from the Open Science Foundation to crowdsource a database of academic article meta-data.

You can add this extension to your Chrome browser and it will help without you having to do anything else.

Here's more info about what it does: http://scinet.osf.io/citelet/faq/

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2013-12-17 19:46:15 (9 comments, 8 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Help create a new intelligence test

My colleague, +Christopher Chabris, is part of a team working to create a new set of matrix reasoning problems that they will make freely available for research purposes. Other matrix reasoning tests, commonly used as a measure of intelligence, are owned and strictly controlled by publishers (and somewhat pricey, even for research uses). By contributing puzzles, you could win up to $500 and be a co-author on the resulting publication(s) about the test. You can help his group crowdsource a new IQ test! Follow the link for more information.

Help create a new intelligence test

My colleague, +Christopher Chabris, is part of a team working to create a new set of matrix reasoning problems that they will make freely available for research purposes. Other matrix reasoning tests, commonly used as a measure of intelligence, are owned and strictly controlled by publishers (and somewhat pricey, even for research uses). By contributing puzzles, you could win up to $500 and be a co-author on the resulting publication(s) about the test. You can help his group crowdsource a new IQ test! Follow the link for more information.___

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2013-10-31 12:08:34 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

In case you don't like Horror movies, here's The Shining, recut as a family feel-good movie.

(again, HT +Steve Most)

In case you don't like Horror movies, here's The Shining, recut as a family feel-good movie.

(again, HT +Steve Most)___

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2013-10-31 12:04:20 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Perfect for Halloween
The Sound of Music as a horror movie

(HT +Steve Most)

Perfect for Halloween
The Sound of Music as a horror movie

(HT +Steve Most)___

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2013-10-30 12:32:24 (0 comments, 23 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Fantastic visual illusion advertisement from Honda

Just watch it!  (HT Richard Wiseman)

Fantastic visual illusion advertisement from Honda

Just watch it!  (HT Richard Wiseman)___

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2013-10-28 13:36:53 (9 comments, 17 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Free, expert-written introductory psychology textbook

Textbooks have become  exorbitantly expensive. So much so, that many students don't bother to buy or read them, and instructors feel guilty about requiring them (I do, at least).

Several years ago, I thought it would be a great idea to generate a textbook in modules, one that could be free online to students (perhaps supported by advertising) and that could be customized by instructors. I didn't have the time or resources to pursue the idea. Fortunately, Ed and Carol Diener had a similar idea, and they had the fortitude and drive to make it happen.

They brought together experts from across psychology to contribute content, and they launched it today. The linked website lets you select the topics you want to include, order the modules however you want, and generate a free pdf textbook for yourstu... more »

Free, expert-written introductory psychology textbook

Textbooks have become  exorbitantly expensive. So much so, that many students don't bother to buy or read them, and instructors feel guilty about requiring them (I do, at least).

Several years ago, I thought it would be a great idea to generate a textbook in modules, one that could be free online to students (perhaps supported by advertising) and that could be customized by instructors. I didn't have the time or resources to pursue the idea. Fortunately, Ed and Carol Diener had a similar idea, and they had the fortitude and drive to make it happen.

They brought together experts from across psychology to contribute content, and they launched it today. The linked website lets you select the topics you want to include, order the modules however you want, and generate a free pdf textbook for your students. The site already has a full slate of modules, with more to come.

By making the content free and up-to-date, this online textbook model has the potential to be game-changing. I will be using it, together with other online supplemental materials, the next time I teach introductory psychology. I imagine many others will as well. Even if you are not teaching introductory psychology, here's an opportunity to learn more about topics that interest you, without having to buy a book.

Disclaimer: I wrote the modules on inattentional blindness and helped with the original plan for this project.___

2013-10-27 15:41:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Latest posts on IonPsych

Posts from the past week from the bloggers in my speaking/writing graduate class. The link is to a summary of the posts on my own blog, with links to each blog post. You can view the full set at www.ionpsych.com.

This week's selection includes posts on the bases of depression, the role of negative information in decision making, the best way to stave off the effects of aging on cognition, the need for better science communication, the dangers of blaming addicts for their addiction, and the importance of teaching about uncertainty in science education.

Latest posts on IonPsych

Posts from the past week from the bloggers in my speaking/writing graduate class. The link is to a summary of the posts on my own blog, with links to each blog post. You can view the full set at www.ionpsych.com.

This week's selection includes posts on the bases of depression, the role of negative information in decision making, the best way to stave off the effects of aging on cognition, the need for better science communication, the dangers of blaming addicts for their addiction, and the importance of teaching about uncertainty in science education.___

2013-10-13 15:19:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Latest posts on IonPsych

Check out the latest posts from the bloggers in my speaking/writing seminar at www.ionpsych.com. The linked post provides a brief summary of this week's contributions.

Latest posts on IonPsych

Check out the latest posts from the bloggers in my speaking/writing seminar at www.ionpsych.com. The linked post provides a brief summary of this week's contributions.___

2013-10-06 14:29:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

latest posts on IonPsych
This week's posts from the members of my class on speaking and writing for a general audience:

Why you feel pain when you see someone else feeling pain?
Are there better alternatives to random assignment to conditions?
Does what you eat affect the health of your brain?

http://www.ionpsych.com

latest posts on IonPsych
This week's posts from the members of my class on speaking and writing for a general audience:

Why you feel pain when you see someone else feeling pain?
Are there better alternatives to random assignment to conditions?
Does what you eat affect the health of your brain?

http://www.ionpsych.com___

2013-09-30 19:48:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Latest posts on IonPsych

Here are links to the latest psychology posts from the bloggers in my speaking/writing class. Some great stuff to read at www.ionpsych.com.

Latest posts on IonPsych

Here are links to the latest psychology posts from the bloggers in my speaking/writing class. Some great stuff to read at www.ionpsych.com.___

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2013-09-28 15:29:59 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

+Christopher Chabris reviews Malcolm Gladwell's latest book in this weekend's Wall Street Journal. The review is behind a paywall, but Chris has posted a pdf version at: 
http://www.chabris.com/ChabrisGladwellReviewWSJ.pdf

+Christopher Chabris reviews Malcolm Gladwell's latest book in this weekend's Wall Street Journal. The review is behind a paywall, but Chris has posted a pdf version at: 
http://www.chabris.com/ChabrisGladwellReviewWSJ.pdf___

2013-09-23 13:47:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Latest posts www.ionpsych.com

This semester, I'm teaching a graduate class on speaking and writing for general audiences. students in the class blog at www.ionpsych.com. Each week, on my own blog, I'll post a short summary most recent posts. Check them out -- some great stuff already.

Latest posts www.ionpsych.com

This semester, I'm teaching a graduate class on speaking and writing for general audiences. students in the class blog at www.ionpsych.com. Each week, on my own blog, I'll post a short summary most recent posts. Check them out -- some great stuff already.___

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2013-09-05 21:22:49 (0 comments, 10 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

19 questions about a new Nature paper -- a HI-BAR commentary

In this post, I ask 19 questions about a paper just published in Nature that has received extensive media coverage. The paper showed that multitasking training of older adults led to improved performance and transfer to other outcome measures. My questions address some of the limitations of this study and what really can be concluded from it.  

19 questions about a new Nature paper -- a HI-BAR commentary

In this post, I ask 19 questions about a paper just published in Nature that has received extensive media coverage. The paper showed that multitasking training of older adults led to improved performance and transfer to other outcome measures. My questions address some of the limitations of this study and what really can be concluded from it.  ___

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2013-09-05 14:06:57 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

HI-BAR: Had I Been A Reviewer

A new feature coming on my blog. This post describes what I'll be doing. Later today, I'll be posting comments on an article published yesterday in Nature. Stay tuned.

HI-BAR: Had I Been A Reviewer

A new feature coming on my blog. This post describes what I'll be doing. Later today, I'll be posting comments on an article published yesterday in Nature. Stay tuned.___

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2013-08-27 01:09:23 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Changing the field, one review request at a time

+Bobbie Spellman proposes an interesting way to get people to make their data available: When asked to review, say you'll do it only if the authors provide their data. That won't work in all cases, but it's an interesting proposal, and if enough reviewers started doing it, then authors would start to expect it and would begin making their data available by default. Her blog post describing the suggestion is linked below. What do you think?

Changing the field, one review request at a time

+Bobbie Spellman proposes an interesting way to get people to make their data available: When asked to review, say you'll do it only if the authors provide their data. That won't work in all cases, but it's an interesting proposal, and if enough reviewers started doing it, then authors would start to expect it and would begin making their data available by default. Her blog post describing the suggestion is linked below. What do you think?___

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2013-08-22 21:55:52 (4 comments, 9 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Brilliant experimental work from researchers at Princeton

I particularly like the way that they clearly specified the limits of their study and the lack of generalizability.

HT +Rob Gordon

Brilliant experimental work from researchers at Princeton

I particularly like the way that they clearly specified the limits of their study and the lack of generalizability.

HT +Rob Gordon___

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2013-08-15 12:20:18 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

More guaranteed winning bar bets from Richard Wiseman

Nice new entry in his series of Quirkology videos.

More guaranteed winning bar bets from Richard Wiseman

Nice new entry in his series of Quirkology videos.___

2013-08-14 18:31:04 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

*Please, no more books titled, "How the new science of X will do Y." *

Generalization from any new lab science to real world problems likely is overreaching. If it's new science, that means it probably hasn't been vetted adequately yet. Instead, how about a book on, "how the old, established, and well-replicated science of X will do Y." 

*Please, no more books titled, "How the new science of X will do Y." *

Generalization from any new lab science to real world problems likely is overreaching. If it's new science, that means it probably hasn't been vetted adequately yet. Instead, how about a book on, "how the old, established, and well-replicated science of X will do Y." ___

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2013-08-12 20:11:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Thanks for the book suggestions, everyone!  I liked Olson's book (although could have done without his psychology theorizing). I also found some useful bits in Cornelia Dean's "Am I Making Myself Clear" and Chip and Dan Heath's "Made to Stick." I'm particularly interested in shorter-form advice such as blog posts, magazine articles, etc. Books might be a bit too much for this class. Any suggestions for short-form advice?

Thanks for the book suggestions, everyone!  I liked Olson's book (although could have done without his psychology theorizing). I also found some useful bits in Cornelia Dean's "Am I Making Myself Clear" and Chip and Dan Heath's "Made to Stick." I'm particularly interested in shorter-form advice such as blog posts, magazine articles, etc. Books might be a bit too much for this class. Any suggestions for short-form advice?___

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2013-08-12 18:49:08 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Do you know of any good resources for speaking/writing for general audiences?

This fall I'm teaching a psychology graduate seminar on speaking/writing for general audiences. I'm hoping to compile a list of useful resources for the students (and for me), especially those that talk about best practices in science writing/speaking. I'd also be interested in discussions of the benefits and risks of various forms of science writing. 

If you have suggestions, please post links in the comments (or contact me directly). I'll compile all the ones I receive. Feel free to nominate your own posts or writing if you've covered the topic.

Thanks!

Do you know of any good resources for speaking/writing for general audiences?

This fall I'm teaching a psychology graduate seminar on speaking/writing for general audiences. I'm hoping to compile a list of useful resources for the students (and for me), especially those that talk about best practices in science writing/speaking. I'd also be interested in discussions of the benefits and risks of various forms of science writing. 

If you have suggestions, please post links in the comments (or contact me directly). I'll compile all the ones I receive. Feel free to nominate your own posts or writing if you've covered the topic.

Thanks!___

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2013-08-07 16:33:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Should academic societies issue press releases for conference presentations of unpublished research?

I hadn't encountered this sort of release before, and I find it troubling. I explain why in this blog post.

Should academic societies issue press releases for conference presentations of unpublished research?

I hadn't encountered this sort of release before, and I find it troubling. I explain why in this blog post.___

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2013-07-12 16:53:20 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Compelling takedown of Gladwell's claim that cultural differences contributed to airline accidents

I never found that particular example from Outlier's compelling (for reasons other than those covered by this piece), but I hadn't realized how badly the book cherry picked examples and distorted the actual evidence and transcripts. I haven't read the original transcripts myself, but this post gives detailed examples and makes a strong case.

Compelling takedown of Gladwell's claim that cultural differences contributed to airline accidents

I never found that particular example from Outlier's compelling (for reasons other than those covered by this piece), but I hadn't realized how badly the book cherry picked examples and distorted the actual evidence and transcripts. I haven't read the original transcripts myself, but this post gives detailed examples and makes a strong case.___

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2013-07-12 02:09:37 (7 comments, 28 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Useful links for our article explaining why most psychology interventions do not adequately control for placebo effects

Two days, ago, +Walter Boot, Cary Stothart, Cassie Stutts, and I published a paper in Perspectives on Psychological Science (linked below) arguing that most studies in psychology do not adequately account for the placebo effect. I thought it might be useful to provide all of the relevant links about that paper in one place, so I'm doing so here. I'll update this post as needed.

Paper: http://pps.sagepub.com/content/8/4/445.full

My blog post: http://blog.dansimons.com/2013/07/pop-quiz-what-can-we-learn-from.html

*The public repository for data and information about the studies we conducted and our paper *: http://openscienceframework.org/project/7EB6A/

Frequent Questions Answered:... more »

Useful links for our article explaining why most psychology interventions do not adequately control for placebo effects

Two days, ago, +Walter Boot, Cary Stothart, Cassie Stutts, and I published a paper in Perspectives on Psychological Science (linked below) arguing that most studies in psychology do not adequately account for the placebo effect. I thought it might be useful to provide all of the relevant links about that paper in one place, so I'm doing so here. I'll update this post as needed.

Paper: http://pps.sagepub.com/content/8/4/445.full

My blog post: http://blog.dansimons.com/2013/07/pop-quiz-what-can-we-learn-from.html

*The public repository for data and information about the studies we conducted and our paper *: http://openscienceframework.org/project/7EB6A/

Frequent Questions Answered: http://openscienceframework.org/project/7EB6A/node/KSzdu/wiki/home

The surveys used in our studies: http://openscienceframework.org/project/7EB6A/node/tPyR4/wiki/home

Data from our studies: http://openscienceframework.org/project/7EB6A/node/Qt9kA/


Below are links to some excellent coverage of our paper by others:

Ed Yong: http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/07/09/nice-results-but-what-did-you-expect/

Micah Allen: http://neuroconscience.com/2013/07/11/when-is-expectation-not-a-confound-on-the-necessity-of-active-controls/___

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2013-07-09 19:30:13 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Our paper on the problems with control groups in psychology interventions is now available and free to everyone (open access). Thanks to APS and Sage for making that happen.

http://pps.sagepub.com/content/8/4/445.full 

Our paper on the problems with control groups in psychology interventions is now available and free to everyone (open access). Thanks to APS and Sage for making that happen.

http://pps.sagepub.com/content/8/4/445.full ___

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2013-07-09 15:39:04 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

New blog post: What can we learn from an intervention study?

This post starts with a pop quiz -- what is the purpose of a double blind intervention design? I then argue that almost no interventions in psychology meet the standards necessary to claim that an intervention had a causal effect on performance. The arguments are based on a new paper my colleagues and I published today in Perspectives on Psychological Science (the post has links).

New blog post: What can we learn from an intervention study?

This post starts with a pop quiz -- what is the purpose of a double blind intervention design? I then argue that almost no interventions in psychology meet the standards necessary to claim that an intervention had a causal effect on performance. The arguments are based on a new paper my colleagues and I published today in Perspectives on Psychological Science (the post has links).___

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2013-07-02 21:23:57 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

How to avoid having your work misrepresented or misinterpreted

In this blog post, I list 6 steps you can take when writing about your research, all of which will help avoid having your work misunderstood or misrepresented (both within academia and in the media). None of these require changes to your methods, analyses, or lab practices. They are suggested improvements to the content and structure of a typical journal article. Even better, they are all steps that you can take in your next manuscript.

How to avoid having your work misrepresented or misinterpreted

In this blog post, I list 6 steps you can take when writing about your research, all of which will help avoid having your work misunderstood or misrepresented (both within academia and in the media). None of these require changes to your methods, analyses, or lab practices. They are suggested improvements to the content and structure of a typical journal article. Even better, they are all steps that you can take in your next manuscript.___

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2013-06-21 01:56:52 (1 comments, 12 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

An interesting way to make the publication process more efficient

In this blog post, +Bobbie Spellman (Editor in Chief of Perspectives on Psychological Science) suggests an interesting new way to eliminate the hassle of repeatedly reformatting articles for different journals after they get rejected. 

http://goo.gl/77Ulx

An interesting way to make the publication process more efficient

In this blog post, +Bobbie Spellman (Editor in Chief of Perspectives on Psychological Science) suggests an interesting new way to eliminate the hassle of repeatedly reformatting articles for different journals after they get rejected. 

http://goo.gl/77Ulx___

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2013-06-19 11:33:34 (17 comments, 23 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

...and the internet is making us stoopid

As usual, xkcd nails it.

...and the internet is making us stoopid

As usual, xkcd nails it.___

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2013-06-18 13:22:42 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

My mother's book is free on Kindle

For the next couple days, the Kindle version of _Brothers on the Run: Fleeing Hitler, Fighting Franco_ (by +Pat Simons, my mother), is a free download on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CKZ4O64

The book tells the story of my grandfather and great-uncle who escaped Nazi Germany as teenagers. It's a remarkable coming-of-age story, it reads like an adventure novel, and has the virtue of being based on an amazing true story. Can you imagine fleeing your home town in the middle of the night at age 17 to avoid Nazis intent on killing you, and bicycling to the Austrian border? That's just the start of their escapades.

Grab it for free while you can. I may be biased, but I think it's a fantastic book. I hope you'll agree.

My mother's book is free on Kindle

For the next couple days, the Kindle version of _Brothers on the Run: Fleeing Hitler, Fighting Franco_ (by +Pat Simons, my mother), is a free download on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CKZ4O64

The book tells the story of my grandfather and great-uncle who escaped Nazi Germany as teenagers. It's a remarkable coming-of-age story, it reads like an adventure novel, and has the virtue of being based on an amazing true story. Can you imagine fleeing your home town in the middle of the night at age 17 to avoid Nazis intent on killing you, and bicycling to the Austrian border? That's just the start of their escapades.

Grab it for free while you can. I may be biased, but I think it's a fantastic book. I hope you'll agree.___

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2013-06-17 13:56:38 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

A solution to rising university costs
Massively Open Online Administration or MOOA

A great idea. Think how much money each campus could save on "visioning" and branding!

(HT Bart Anderson)

A solution to rising university costs
Massively Open Online Administration or MOOA

A great idea. Think how much money each campus could save on "visioning" and branding!

(HT Bart Anderson)___

2013-06-05 20:33:43 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Deadline to join the project to replicate verbal overshadowing

Just a few weeks ago, we announced the first approved protocol for a Registered Replication Report at Perspectives on Psychological Science. The protocol is for a replication of Schooler & Engstler-Schooler (1990), the first study documenting the verbal overshadowing effect. 

The response to our announcement was rapid and enthusiastic, and far exceeded our expectations. We have already accepted more than 15 proposals by other researchers to conduct their own, independent study based on the protocol. With this level of participation, we will obtain an excellent estimate of the true size of the verbal overshadowing effect.

If you are still interested in joining this project, you can. However, we have set a deadline for submissions of next Tuesday, June 11. If you would like to join this project,... more »

Deadline to join the project to replicate verbal overshadowing

Just a few weeks ago, we announced the first approved protocol for a Registered Replication Report at Perspectives on Psychological Science. The protocol is for a replication of Schooler & Engstler-Schooler (1990), the first study documenting the verbal overshadowing effect. 

The response to our announcement was rapid and enthusiastic, and far exceeded our expectations. We have already accepted more than 15 proposals by other researchers to conduct their own, independent study based on the protocol. With this level of participation, we will obtain an excellent estimate of the true size of the verbal overshadowing effect.

If you are still interested in joining this project, you can. However, we have set a deadline for submissions of next Tuesday, June 11. If you would like to join this project, please make sure to submit your proposal via ManuscriptCentral before the deadline. 

We expect to announce more approved protocols this summer, so even if you can't join this one, there will be more. 

The link below takes you to the openscienceframework project page for this replication project. There you can find more about this protocol, including how to submit a proposal.___

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2013-06-05 15:22:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Continuing the "Diablog" with Rolf Zwaan on replication and reliability

Here's my last thoughts on an interesting suggestion in +Rolf Zwaan's latest blog post in our diablog. My comments focus on what would be necessary if we add additional between-subjects conditions to replication reports.

Continuing the "Diablog" with Rolf Zwaan on replication and reliability

Here's my last thoughts on an interesting suggestion in +Rolf Zwaan's latest blog post in our diablog. My comments focus on what would be necessary if we add additional between-subjects conditions to replication reports.___

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