Recent initiatives in psychological science — such as facilitating replication and ensuring sound methodologies — have sparked a lively dialogue among researchers, publishers, and the general public. The July 2013 issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science builds upon these recent discussions, featuring a special section devoted exclusively to the advancement More
Many brain-training companies tout the scientific backing of their products — the laboratory studies that reveal how their programs improve your brainpower. But according to a new report, most intervention studies like these have a critical flaw: They do not adequately account for the placebo effect. The new analysis appears More
The Huffington Post: Physician and medical gadfly Ben Goldacre is well known for his relentless crusade to keep medical researchers and drug makers honest — and improve healing in the process. His recent and popular TEDTalk focuses on a particular form of research misconduct that strikes at the core of More
Slate France: Lundi soir, 18 heures, votre journée a été stressante et vous vous apprêtez à ouvrir une bouteille de vin. Arrêtez tout de suite, ce n’est pas la peine. D’après une étude, le fait de penser à du vin permettrait de se relaxer, rapporte CNBC. Les chercheurs de l’université More
APS Fellow and Charter Member Irving Kirsch, associate director of the Placebo Studies Program at Harvard Medical School, says the difference between the effect of a placebo and the effect of an antidepressant is minimal for most people. “People get better when they take the drug, but it’s not the More
CBS News: Some new scientific research is causing quite a stir in the medical community. The fight is over antidepressants, and whether they work any better than a simple placebo. In an report airing this Sunday, “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl spoke to the psychologist behind the study, Irving Kirsch More
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