Is This the Most Important Psychology Article Published This Year?

No one has yet (as of this writing) disputed that this is the most important psychology research study published this year: “I’ll Read That!: What Title Elements Attract Readers to an Article?” Robert M. Hallock and Tara N. Bennett, Teaching of Psychology, epub 2020.The authors are at Purdue University. Here’s some detail from the study—from […]

Somewhat Improbable 50 Foremost Psychologists

A new list of “The 50 Most Influential Living Psychologists in the World“ includes three (3) Ig Nobel Prize winners, one (1) Nobel laureate, and one (1) member of the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS). The most valuable thing about most “Most” lists, one could argue, is the arguments they can provoke. This […]

Portrait of a Self-Recognized Genius: Jordan B. Peterson

Jordan B. Peterson, one of the world’s great self-recognized geniuses, gets a warm appreciation in The New York Times. Nellie Bowles writes: Mr. Peterson, 55, a University of Toronto psychology professor turned YouTube philosopher turned mystical father figure, has emerged as an influential thought leader…. [He says some people want] to eliminate hierarchies, which he […]

Hand cooling from illusion not linked to change in body ownership

Researchers from Utrecht University have an update on temperatures in hands that may, or may not, belong to you. Their paper, “No consistent cooling of the real hand in the rubber hand illusion,” gives an example of the importance of distinguishing body ownership: “Consider a simple task such as walking towards another person –say, this […]

The Likely Obscurity of Famous Psychologists

“The most famous psychologists today will be forgotten in less than a century”, says this study: “Varieties of Fame in Psychology,” Henry L. Roediger III, Perspectives on Psychological Science, vol. 11, no. 6, November 2016, pp. 882-887. The author, at Washington University, St. Louis, explains: “Fame in psychology, as in all arenas, is a local […]

Much Ado About Very Little: Angry Everything, Practically [Angry Birds]

A newly published study challenges the often-angry claim that video games make kids more violent. The study is: “Angry Birds, Angry Children, and Angry Meta-Analysts: A Reanalysis,” Luis Furuya-Kanamori [pictured here] and Suhail A. R. Doi, Perspectives on Psychological Science, vol. 11, no. 3, May 2016, pp.  408-414. (Thanks to Neil Martin for bringing this to […]