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The Case of the Invisible Experimenter(s)

Can researchers really make themselves disappear? ... More>


Can Aptitude Tests Really Predict Your Performance?

Colleges, employers, and the military all use aptitude tests to predict how well someone might do. In recent years, some critics of these tests have said there isn’t much difference in performance above a certain level—that, above a certain threshold, everyone is more or less the same. Now, in a new study, which will be published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, the authors find that this isn’t true. Instead, the higher your score, the better you perform later.... More>


The Unexpected Consensus Among Voting Methods

Historically, the theoretical social choice literature on voting procedures in economics and political science routinely highlights worst case scenarios, emphasizing the inexistence of a universally ‘best’ voting method. Indeed, the […]... More>


The End of Barroom Brawls: Study Shows Alcohol can Reduce Aggression

The link between alcohol and aggression is well known. What’s not so clear is just why drunks get belligerent. What is it about the brain-on-alcohol that makes fighting seem like […]... More>