Ep 184: Critical Thinking (Part 2) – Important? Yes. But Can We Teach It? Well….

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Critical Thinking, Research and Stats, Teaching Tools2 Comments

In episode 183 I talked about what critical thinking is and why it’s important. Now we talk about why it’s so darn hard to teach and to use critical thinking in our everyday lives. In this episode I’ll discuss Dr. Daniel Willingham‘s advice to teachers on what they can do to effectively teach critical thinking – something that couldn’t be … Read More

Ep 183: Critical Thinking – Important? Yes. But Can We Teach It? Well….

MichaelCritical Thinking, Research and Stats23 Comments

Why does it concern psychologists that the Texas GOP platform recently opposed the teaching of critical thinking? Most of us have been told since we were very young that critical thinking is very important. Psychologists certainly agree and a lot of time spent in most psychology classes is spent learning how to think critically. Why is it such a central … Read More

EP 176: Why You Hate Psychology – Self Esteem Movement and Positive Thinking

MichaelCritical Thinking, Therapy15 Comments

Why do so many people have strongly negative feelings about the field of psychology? I think there are a handful of reasons and in this episode I talk about two of them: the so-called “self-esteem movement” and the “positive thinking” movement. Are psychologists responsible for why “kids today” appear to be so self-centered? Do psychologists think that changing yourself is … Read More

Ep 174: The First Replication of Daryl Bem’s Research on Psychic Phenomenon

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Critical Thinking, Uncategorized14 Comments

Have psychologists recently found evidence for the existence of psychic ability? Last year, well-known psychologist Daryl Bem published an article called Feeling the Future in which he describes a number of studies, all of which provided support for a kind of phi phenomenon he calls “retroactive influence”. The research appeared in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The article … Read More

Ep 165 (video): Psychological Research Under Fire: What Can We Do About It?

MichaelCritical Thinking, Research and Stats7 Comments

What’s going on with Psychology? There have been a number of reports about poorly conducted or completely fraudulent research in the field such as this one that appeared in the New York Times. Well, there’s bad research in all fields, but psychology, which has through its history struggled for scientific credibility, is particularly sensitive to this issue and many psychologists … Read More

Episode 141: Psychology Gets Smart: A New Kind of Lie Detector?

MichaelBiopsychology, Cognition, Intelligence and Language, Critical Thinking, Research and Stats3 Comments

You’ve probably heard that the so called “Lie Detector” test (the polygraph ) doesn’t actually detect when you’ve lied, but rather just takes some physiological measures from your body and these have to be interpreted by experts. Sometimes those experts make mistakes. Join me as I describe a psychological study that tested a new kind of “Lie Detector” – drawings. This study involved Agents, Missions, an Interception, and a mysterious “package”. This is psychology? You better believe it.

Episode 137: Objectivity and the Scientific Impotence Excuse

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Critical Thinking, Uncategorized1 Comment

Can science study love? Are we able to scientifically determine what romance is all about? There seem to be times, particularly when people hold strong beliefs, that we just don’t want to hear what scientists have to say. We talk a lot these days about the importance of objectivity, but are people – even scientists – capable of being objective? In this episode I’ll talk about the scientific impotence excuse. Another interesting cognitive bias we seem to carry around with us.

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