If you go to get a doctoral degree in psychology, you spend five years reading a bunch of psychology studies. Or so I’m told. I’ve never gotten a psychology doctorate. But I have done something more fun – I’ve written the AllPsych blog for five years. Fifty-five months is about 240 weeks, times three posts…

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When you read about a psychology study covered on this blog, or basically any published scientific study for that matter, you can rest easy knowing that the study has been through a process of rigorous peer review. Peer review is part of what gives published research its aura of credibility: papers that appear in peer-reviewed…

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Today, things are going to get a little meta. I’m going to write about a scientific study about writing about scientific studies. The basic question up for investigation is: why do the results of scientific studies on health-related topics so often get overstated when they’re covered in the media? You might already have a sense…

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There are white lies, there are truly harmful lies, and then there are lies told for the sake of science. Scientists don’t always agree on whether the latter are acceptable, or how often. Many psychology experiments involve lying to participants. Of the studies I’ve written about on here, I’m sure there are plenty of examples,…

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