The 7 Deadly Sins of Psychology, by Chris Chambers.

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Psychology likes to think of itself as a rigorous science. We like to think that we are employing the same scientific methodology that has proven to be so successful in the physical sciences. This book explains the ways in which we may be deluding ourselves, and promotes an agenda for change.

Psychologists, Chambers claims, are routinely torturing statistics until they give the desired outcome. This, along with publication bias, means that the textbooks are riddled with type 1 errors: false positives.

Also, the public can’t read the psychology that it has paid for. Have you ever clicked on a link to a psychology paper only to discover that the full text of the article is behind a paywall? The scandal is that we have already paid, via our taxes, for the article to be written, and now we are being asked to pay again to read it.

This book is going to be – or should be – really influential in the coming years. Put it high on your reading list if you plan on studying psychology at university.



Over half of psychology studies fail reproducibility test, by Monya Baker.

Bryan Nosek at the Center for Open Science in Charlottesville, Virginia, has co-ordinated attempts to replicate 100 published psychology papers. Over half of the attempts fail. This article in Nature suggests that publication bias is at work in psychology, and asks questions about whether or not psychology is truly scientific.CNo36bqWsAABFMi