Verified by Psychology Today
Better understanding emotions, social interactions, and the science of psychology
Alexander Danvers Ph.D.
Dan Ariely, author of "The Honest Truth About Dishonesty," appears to have faked data on a study he led on honesty.
A viral article blames the creative class for ruining U.S. society. What does this sociological analysis do for broader society?
Even those of us who have no personal experience with traumatic events, like mass shootings, may respond to ambiguous information as if we do. Psychology helps explain why.
Can smiling make you feel happier? The science said one thing, which was repeated by journalists and commentators. Then the science said something else. Where are we now?
Why do scientists lie? A philosopher explores the role of the scientific community.
Over the last decade, science reform has been key to improving psychology. Now reformers are leaving the field. Why?
If you tell Facebook what pages you like, how well can it predict your personality? How would it make those predictions?
A machine learning algorithm can predict whether someone is liberal or conservative from a photo alone.
The Stanford Prison Experiment's most important lessons were not about prisons, but how we do research. We still haven't learned one of them.
The riot at the U.S. Capitol yesterday cannot be explained by misinformation.
What's the problem with the psychology effect the internet loves? And what does it mean for science reform?
A Ph.D. student raised questions about her advisor's research. What happened next underlines the need for science reform.
Researcher Chris Soto reviewed what life outcomes personality traits can predict. His results are a bright spot amid psychology's replication problems.
New research examines how well laypeople can judge the reliability of science. How does this relate to a recent business implosion?
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?
Alexander Danvers, Ph.D., a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Arizona, researches emotions and social interactions.