May 18th, 2022 | 1 hr 11 mins
"Nudging" has received attention as a way to achieve broad societal change by promoting small, individual adjustments, like recycling, or counting our steps. Yoel and Alexa consider Chater and Loewenstein's claim that nudging fails by distracting us from more fruitful system-level change.
May 1st, 2022 | 1 hr 5 mins
deep fakes, electable babies, face perception, physiognomy, trust
Yoel and Alexa discuss a study that examines how people infer traits from facial features. They consider various criticisms of the work, and evaluate whether the benefits outweigh the risks.
April 20th, 2022 | 1 hr 7 mins
millenials, netflix, pandemic stress, pegging, satisficing vs. maximizing
Alexa and Yoel discuss an NPR article and APA report examining stress and decision-making during the pandemic. In the process, they consider how the original data is eventually shaped into a pop-psych-friendly narrative.
April 6th, 2022 | 1 hr 8 mins
cheap cheese, democracy, light bud light with lime, peeping through holes, scientific values, w. e. b. du bois
Alexa and Yoel debate whether or not science should be value free. They consider whether such a scenario would be possible or desirable, and how well it describes contemporary social psychology
March 23rd, 2022 | 1 hr 15 mins
activist scientists, decolonization, grand challenges, taxes
Yoel and Alexa respond to an APS survey identifying the "grand challenges" of psychological science. They consider whether they agree with the list - which includes diversity, theory building, and science communication - and how likely psychology is to make progress.
March 9th, 2022 | 1 hr 15 mins
hazy india pale lagers, investing, motivated reasoning, naive realism
We each list the top three social psychological effects that have the most potential to improve people's daily lives. And, we consider why they might not be having the impact they could.
February 23rd, 2022 | 1 hr 10 mins
law, responsibility, retribution, truckers, valentine's day
Alexa and Yoel discuss a recent article, solo-authored by Alexa, that argues for abandoning retribution as a goal of the criminal justice system. In the article, Alexa claims that "who is blameworthy?" is a question for the social sciences, but one they're ill-equipped to answer.
February 9th, 2022 | 1 hr 26 mins
alcohol-free beer, causal inference, directed acyclic graphs, structured abstracts
Personality psychologist and methodologist Julia Rohrer joins the show to talk about causal claims, strategic ambiguity, and how tough it is to tell what empirical claims many psychology papers are making.
January 26th, 2022 | 1 hr 21 mins
authenticity, dr. oz, self-presentation, the self
Alexa and Yoel talk authenticity. What is it? Is it good to have it? And why does Alexa score higher on it than Yoel? Plus, Alexa drinks some listener-supplied beer, with favorable results.
January 12th, 2022 | 1 hr 8 mins
meehl, methods, spielraum, tandem bikes, theory, zelda
Alexa and Yoel do a deep dive into Paul Meehl's paper on theory evaluation, "Appraising and Amending Theories: The Strategy of Lakatosian Defense and Two Principles that Warrant It." It's a classic of methodology and philosophy of science, but what can it tell us about how to do better research?
December 8th, 2021 | 1 hr 14 mins
dolly parton, feyerabend, method, philosophy of science
Alexa and Yoel tackle Paul Feyerabend, the wild man of philosophy of science. What can we learn from his provocative "anything goes" argument for methodological anarchy? And, more generally, what can working scientists learn from philosophers of science?
November 17th, 2021 | 1 hr 7 mins
cardi b, field experiments, methods, preregistration, researcher degrees of freedom
Alexa and Yoel talk about objections to preregistration. Does preregistration imply that researchers can't be trusted? Does it mean that they can't use their best judgment? When might preregistration be unhelpful? We also discuss how preregistration would have helped in a recent paper testing Cardi B's maxim that "hoes don't get cold."