The Skeptical Sleuth

Applying a healthy dose of skepticism to new findings about health and psychology.

Jim Coyne, Ph.D., is a clinical health psychologist and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. more...

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About The Skeptical Sleuth

This blog is intended to encourage a healthy skeptical attitude toward the behavioral sciences literature and media coverage of it. It will provide critiques of specific studies and claims but also give readers a set of tools with which they can independently evaluate claims and be alert to hype and hokum. By confronting the journals and the media with better  armed and more sophisticated readers, the blog is intended to improve the quality of the information available about research in the behavioral sciences.Claims that are too good to be true probably are not true.

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