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.
July 7th, 2021 | 1 hr 24 mins
creativity, hating, joy, salty lassi, skepticism
Alexa and Yoel discuss "The Anticreativity Letters," a satirical article by Richard Nisbett that advises young psychology researchers to (among other things) avoid being overly critical. How does that advice hold up today? How does one combine appropriate skepticism with enthusiasm for research? Or are the two in conflict at all?
June 9th, 2021 | 1 hr 26 mins
open science, preregistration, publishing, scientific utopia
Yoel and Alexa discuss progress in open science over the past 10 years. Is the scientific reform glass half-full or half-empty? Where have we made progress, and what still needs work? Also, the true story of how Ashley Madison got its name.
May 26th, 2021 | 1 hr 28 mins
french, polarization, politics, social media
Mickey, Alexa, and Yoel break down "Breaking the Social Media Prism," a new book arguing that social media reinforces our pre-existing political beliefs and polarizes us against the other side.