Alexa's research examines scientific, religious, and political beliefs, and the factors that facilitate or impede belief change. Some of her work takes a meta-scientific approach, using psychological methods to study the beliefs and practices of psychological scientists.
Alexa is also 1/3 of The Black Goat, the first and best podcast about psychology.
September 20th, 2023 | 1 hr 23 mins
data police, dishonesty, fraud, open data
Yoel and Alexa are joined by Joe Simmons to talk about fraud in behavioral science. How common is it, how do you detect it, and what can we do to prevent it?
August 30th, 2023 | 1 hr 7 mins
anniversary, dei, the elephant in the room, ucla, viewpoint diversity
Alexa is joined by Jennifer Gutsell to discuss the controversy surrounding Yoel's visit to UCLA. They critique the use of anti-DEI rhetoric in these conversations, and ask if psychology is in denial about the progress we've made.
June 23rd, 2023 | 1 hr 8 mins
calcchain, cheating research, fraud, harvard, spreadsheets, vigilantes
Yoel and Alexa discuss the first of a series of four Data Colada blog posts documenting evidence of fraud in studies conducted by Harvard Business School Professor Francesca Gino. They consider the implications for co-authors, those who did the investigative work, and the field as a whole.
May 17th, 2023 | 58 mins 42 secs
alliances, politics, propaganda, rich movie stars, rooibos
Alexa and Yoel discuss a recent article that rejects the idea that political beliefs stem from people’s core values. Instead, the authors argue that these beliefs arise primarily from attempts to forge and maintain affiliations.
March 29th, 2023 | 1 hr 9 mins
$50, 000 conversations, artificial intelligence, experiments, nfts, replicability
Yoel and Alexa discuss a recent paper that aims to estimate the replicability of psychology as a discipline by analyzing the words used to describe studies. After a deep dive into the nuts and bolts of the methodology they discuss the factors that make for the most (and least) replicable science.
March 8th, 2023 | 1 hr 9 mins
hucksters, penis hat, pop psychology, psych 101, writing tips
Paul Bloom joins Alexa and Yoel to talk about his new book. Their conversation touches on teaching, writing, the chutzpah required to think one can take on the task of summarizing a field, and the meaning of penis-shaped dream hats.
February 8th, 2023 | 1 hr 19 mins
mental illness, personal statements, self-relevant research, space dust
Yoel and Alexa are joined by Andrew Devendorf, who shares his work on the stigmatization of "me-search" (or self-relevant research) within the field of clinical psychology. They discuss ways that this stigma impacts clinical graduate students, and consider the strengths of doing research that is rooted in personal experience.
January 18th, 2023 | 1 hr 15 mins
absolution, comments section, confession, corona (the beer), iat, implicit bias
Alexa and Yoel explore how non-psychologists understand implicit bias and its most common measurement tool, the implicit association test (IAT). As their starting point, they discuss a paper, authored by Jeffrey Yen and colleagues, that tackles this question via the New York Times comments section.
December 7th, 2022 | 1 hr 3 mins
mturk; online data; mouse relocation; morality scores; attention span
Alexa and Yoel weigh in on recent debates about whether psychological researchers can get good data online. They consider criticisms and defenses of online participant-recruitment platforms like Amazon Mechanical Turk and throw a bit of their own experience into the mix.
November 23rd, 2022 | 1 hr 10 mins
habit formation, importance hacking, inspired science, replication, trace alcohol content
Spencer Greenberg - founder of the behavioral science startup incubator Spark Wave and host of the Clearer Thinking podcast - joins Yoel and Alexa to provide an alternative perspective on open science and to reveal an exciting new project.
November 9th, 2022 | 57 mins 49 secs
cake beer, grad school admissions, gre, mastodon migration, top hats
Who gets into grad school? Alexa and Yoel discuss the mechanics of the graduate admissions process, consider what they would change, and revisit the merits of the GRE.
October 26th, 2022 | 1 hr 12 mins
aerial silks, exclusive societies, hot toddies, occupational prestige, socioeconomic status
In a recent paper, authors Hughes, Srivastava, Leszko, and Condon asked participants rank over 1,000 jobs on their level of "prestige." We discuss this work, its implications, and what it reveals about the human traits we value.