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?
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."
November 27th, 2019 | 1 hr 8 mins
don cherry, experimentation, methods, social psychology
Are many classic social psychology experiments more theater than science? Mickey and Yoel discuss "The Rise and Fall of Social Psychology," a book by the sociologist Augustine Brannigan that makes this provocative claim.