Month: September 2016

Good science is an act of courage…

Here is an interview with Peter Wilmshurst, cardiologist, researcher, and courageous advocate for doing science better.  He discusses some of the enormous pressures that can be brought to bear to shape the outcomes of industry research, and how, as a

Sample sizes are too dang small…

Here’s another incredible paper by John Ioannidis and associates.  This one uses text mining to examining the statistical results of thousands of cognitive neuroscience and psychology papers.  It finds that sample sizes being used remain far too small: the typical

More on the dangers of p values

Here is an interesting new paper in which experienced researchers were asked to make judgements about research results expressed using the NHST approach (p values!).  A free copy of the paper is here, but it is easier to read the

NIH and the push for better science

Science is vital and it is also big business.  In the U.S., one of the biggest founders of scientific research is the National Institute of Health (NIH).  As the NIH writes the checks, you can imagine that it finds the

Is Science Sick? Bob’s talk on the replication crisis

Here’s a video of a talk Bob gave to first-year honors students about the replication crisis and what lessons it might have for their own lives.    Enjoy!

Good research in the service of more effective activism

Research can be vitally important, helping shape how we see the world and the policies we enact.  Here is an example of an applied research lab aiming to use applied research to figure out the most effective ways to lobby

Get involved: registered replication project on “professor priming”

Registered replication reports are a new initiative sponsored by the APS where labs around the world collaborate to conduct a large-scale, precise replication of an important finding in psychology.  The really cool thing about these projects is that they are