The concept of evidence-based practice has been widely misunderstood. A new, widely distributed essay perpetuates still more misconceptions about the role of science in the selection and evaluation of psychotherapies. Read More
It's that time of the year again - losing football teams are firing their coaches. But will it help? Probably not. Like many erroneous inferences in life, including jinxes, they may be falling prey to a cognitive illusion - the regression fallacy. Read More
I do not know whether Michael Jackson ever molested a child. I do know, however, that recent press coverage of the sexual abuse charges against Jackson has typically omitted one crucial fact. Read More
Recent negative findings regarding the genetic and environmental influences on depression may have left some discouraged. But these findings show psychological science working at its best - and highlight a rare case in which the news media got things right. Read More
We've recently witnessed yet another new entry into the seemingly never-ending parade of autism fads - Lupron. Will the fate of this one be any different from the others? There is ample reason for skepticism. Read More
Scott Lilienfeld is a psychology professor at Emory University in Atlanta and co-author of several books on pseudoscience in psychology.