Douglas L. Medin

Douglas Medin Columns

Presidential Columns featured in the Observer magazine by past APS President Douglas Medin

  • Diversity Makes Better Science

    I’m honored to co-author this column with my colleague and friend Carol Lee. Among Carol’s many honors is having been President of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). – DLM It’s not news that minorities are severely underrepresented in both science and science education. Efforts to increase diversity typically fall More

  • Everything Is Cultural

    Here’s a puzzler for you — what does the acronym IUPsyS stand for? No points for getting the “Psy” part (and here’s a hint: IU is not Indiana University). Give up? IUPsyS is the International Union of Psychological Science. It was founded in 1951 and currently has membership representing 70 More

  • A Dangerous Dichotomy: Basic and Applied Research

    How can I be so confused by a simple distinction like the difference between basic and applied research? I did an initial draft of a column on this topic months ago, and honestly, it was mostly gibberish. In his 1997 book, Pasteur’s Quadrant, Donald Stokes reviewed a good deal of More

  • Rigor Without Rigor Mortis: The APS Board Discusses Research Integrity

    Please excuse this further sidetrack from the road we were on in my previous columns. Two months ago, the column I had planned was displaced by a response to the considerable attention that various media paid to a social psychologist’s faking of data and the attendant questions about whether psychology More

  • Subject to Participation

    The following events took place a bit more than a decade ago. Norbert Ross, who was a postdoctoral fellow at the time, and I were appearing before the Menominee Language and Culture Commission in Keshena, Wisconsin, to ask for permission to conduct studies on children’s understandings of biology. We had More

  • A Science We Can Believe In

    APS, our Board and our Members are against scientific misconduct… at least (by my estimate — more on that below) 98.03 percent of them are. Does this sound like something newsworthy enough to devote a column to? I’ve decided to interrupt my planned series of opinion pieces to write a More