Psychology News Round-Up (April 11th)
By Dave Nussbaum
- Congratulations to Maria Konnikova (@mkonnikova) who is taking up residence as a blogger at The New Yorker. Maria writes consistently engaging and insightful pieces about social psychology, and published her first book, , last year. She has written for the New Yorker blog before, but here’s her first piece in residence on the psychology of eating.
- Vox.com launched this week with a lead article by co-found Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) on motivated reasoning in politics, including a thoughtful interview with Yale’s Dan Kahan (@cult_cognition), titled “How politics makes us stupid.“
But the More Information Hypothesis isn’t just wrong. It’s backwards. Cutting-edge research shows that the more information partisans get, the deeper their disagreements become.
- Adam Grant (@adammgrant) has an Op-Ed in the New York Times’ Sunday Review on how to raise kind and giving kids (if you’re into that sort of thing) featuring a ton of great studies on what parenting approaches seem to work best.
- Also in the New York Times, Gary Marcus (@garymarcus) and Ernest Davis write about some of the limitations on the promise of big data:
Big data is here to stay, as it should be. But let’s be realistic: It’s an important resource for anyone analyzing data, not a silver bullet.
- Joe Cesario and Kai Jonas weigh in on the priming debate with some thoughts on direct replication and some practical advice: “stop calling everything priming.”
- David Myers and Nate DeWall (@myersdewall) have a new site at www.talkpsych.com, you should take a look. Here’s what the site is aiming to do:
Voila! Here begins an effort to share fruits from psychological science. With daily reports and reflections, we will share what fascinates our minds, challenges our thinking, or tickles our funny bones. We aim to “give psychology away” to
- teachers seeking to freshen their classes with cutting-edge ideas and discoveries,students eager to learn insights beyond what’s in their textbooks, andany curious person who finds human beings fascinating, and who delights in psychological science efforts to expand our minds and enlarge our hearts.
- We also aim to offer our reflections in simple prose, believing with Thoreau that “Anything living is easily and naturally expressed in popular language.”
- Welcome aboard, and please do feel free to invite your students, colleagues, and friends to join us for the ride, and to join the conversation.
We also aim to offer our reflections in simple prose, believing with Thoreau that “Anything living is easily and naturally expressed in popular language.”
New research suggests we believe in free will because we want to see some people get punished http://t.co/YIcgVfm5VS— Chris Mooney (@chriscmooney) April 10, 2014
"Could polarization... be driven by the availability heuristic?" http://t.co/tQpWOZ2L9w— Linda Skitka (@LindaSkitka) April 7, 2014
Research by NYU profs and alums explores why, e.g., the second hour of a journey feels shorter than the first: http://t.co/KRRkDk5SqF— Adam Alter (@adamleealter) April 11, 2014
4 Reasons Not to Settle in a Relationship http://t.co/bCSdp4tPyY— Psych-Your-Mind (@PsychYourMind) April 8, 2014
What happens to findings after they have been retracted? New post. http://t.co/mF3dSXfDd2— Rolf Zwaan (@RolfZwaan) April 8, 2014
Out of 1,600 researchers: only 15% used Twitter, 28% used YouTube, and 39% used Facebook for professional purposes. http://t.co/vzxD8Vyorw— SPARQ (@StanfordSPARQ) April 10, 2014