New take on old research on smiling might make people smile, then think

Renowned research about smiling is, suddenly, making some scientists smirk. The British Psychological Society’s Research Digest explains: No reason to smile – Another modern psychology classic has failed to replicate By Christian Jarrett The great American psychologist William James proposed that bodily sensations – a thumping heart, a sweaty palm – aren’t merely a consequence […]

Ig Nobel winner Chabris: “Why Psychologists’ Food Fight Matters”

Ig Nobel Prize winner Chris Chabris and colleague Michelle N. Mayer wrote an essay, in Slate, called “Why Psychologists’ Food Fight Matters“. It begins: Psychologists are up in arms over, of all things, the editorial process that led to the recent publication of a special issue of the journal Social Psychology. This may seem like a classic case of ivory […]

His cool appraisal of cold-showers-and-loneliness research

Dan Simons, psychology professor and Ig Nobel Prize winner (together with Chris Chabris, for the invisible-gorilla study) casts a cool, appraising eye on a cold-shower-and-loneliness study, and looks at the way other investigators have looked at that study. Simons writes, on his blog: Replication, Retraction, and Responsibility Congrats/thanks to Brent Donnellan, Joe Cesario, and Rich […]

How many psychology studies will survive a 2nd look?

Tom Bartlett writes in the Chronicle of Higher Education‘s Percolator blog: Is Psychology About to Come Undone? If you’re a psychologist, the news has to make you a little nervous—particularly if you’re a psychologist who published an article in 2008 in any of these three journals: Psychological Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, or the Journal of Experimental […]