Why are so many people drawn to conspiracy theories in times of crisis?
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Alexander Danvers Ph.D.
Modern willpower research had hundreds of studies supporting it. Now, the most rigorous study finds NOTHING. What happened?
Sociologists argue that there's "no theory" in modern scientific reform. Is that right?
What is the One Weird Trick for creating harmony among Christians and Muslims? And how well does it actually work?
Social lives involve patterns—conversations short, long, and in between. What does that tell us about our personalities?
What do extraverts do most? What do open-minded people do least? What's the most surprising thing conscientious people do? It's the science of personality and daily life!
If you heard that men could smell whether women were aroused, would you believe it? Sniffing out problems in science doesn't always have to come from fancy statistics.
Can social psychologists change their own habits to research the questions that matter most?
Famous scientists use this argument to dismiss unwanted results. Can insights from one of the most famous philosophers of science give new insight into "hidden moderators"?
A classic social psychology study examined how well seminarians lived their faith. What can it teach us about confronting racism today?
New COVID findings from an elite university have a major flaw. Why is this happening again?
How does spending a greater proportion of time online change our social lives?
Statistical criticisms undermine the main claims of new COVID-19 research out of Stanford. Should the researchers apologize to us?
One of the most famous stories of scientific discovery involves an insight from a dream. Will formal theory construction remove this creativity from research?
The pizza problem helped me understand an important change in the way psychologists need to do research—and led to the pizza insight.
What makes the science behind "flatten the curve" so successful? And what can psychology researchers learn from it?
The secondary consequences of the COVID-19 quarantine include loneliness. What risks does that pose, and how can we fight it?
Behavioral scientists race to share information on who will (and won't) follow COVID-19 health recommendations.
Learning about the scientific reform movement from a disagreement among friends.
What are the downsides of emotion regulation strategies and mindset interventions?
If you have ever had to believe in yourself when others around you doubted you, this one goes out to you. Find out how a scientist responds.
This blog stirs up controversy, and then science self-corrects!
Michael Lewis argues that fairness is eroding in American society, because we love to hate the refs. What does his podcast have to do with the Credibility Revolution in Psychology?
The Credibility Revolution in psychology has helped us find out which psychological effects are reliable. How else can it help improve science?
How should we think about scientific success?
What can we learn from social psychology's latest replication attempt?
Cognitive dissonance is an effect that's difficult to "make work." What does that say about the way psychologists approach their science?
Whitehead said all of philosophy is a footnote to Plato. What does that suggest about knowledge? And what does it mean for psychology?
The memoir of media manipulator Ryan Holiday reveals a non-ideological cause of misleading news. How can we fight this kind of falsehood?
Making sense of what led an inter-generational put-down to become a viral sensation—using moral psychology and relationship science.
Is our current psychology of morality missing something important—and can Eastern wisdom traditions help fill the gaps?
Alexander Danvers, Ph.D., a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Arizona, researches emotions and social interactions.