Research Objectivity: Puppy Cuteness and Canine-Human Communication

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Description: You have likely been told over and over in your psychology classes that when you are thinking about designing a research study or when you are thinking about how to narrow a question you have down to one that is actually testable you need to make sure that you do not let any of… Read more »

Scanning Developing Infant Brains: A HUGE Methodological Challenge

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Description: You have probably heard or read about examples of the recent huge jump in research on the functioning of the human brain made possible with the use of fMRI or Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging that allows us to follow the inner neurochemical workings of the human brain while the human who owns it is… Read more »

Does Brain-Training Work? A Meta-Analysis Says Only Specifically

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Description: You have no doubt noticed some of the many claims in the media about the possibility that playing brain-training games can improve your general cognitive functioning. Many of these claims include statements to the effect that research has proven that their game or games do in fact have a positive influence on people’s cognitive… Read more »

Walking Blues? No! Walking Happies!

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Description: Walking is good for you. Walking makes you happier. No doubt you’ve heard one or the other of these statements and probably more than once. Think for a moment about how you would assess the hypothesis that simply walking improves your mood (makes you happier). Based on the methodological discussion in one or another… Read more »

Crisis? What Crisis? Oh THAT Crisis!

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Description: Remember replicability? As in the mark of a good psychological study is that it is replicable, that is, if someone else read it and then tried to run it on their own they should get the same results as the original study if we are to take the original study seriously. Well putting aside… Read more »

Moving in Childhood and Later Mental Health

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Description: Perhaps not surprisingly, it seems that moving a lot during childhood might be associated with poorer mental health outcomes. Before we move too quickly to advising parents and adding to public mental health policy with having a close look at the methodology of the study. Source: Moving during childhood links to poor mental health,… Read more »

Sorting Psychology Myths from Realities: Psyc-Q

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Description: There is a LOT of Psychology that many people know about (thanks to the media, writers of trade publications and self-help books and Introductory Psychology instructors). But there is also even more Psychology that is not out there or that people may not know that they know. Read the article linked below (and/or watch… Read more »

Depression and Unemployment: Correlation, Causation, and Research

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Description: Think about someone who is two years post-graduation and unemployed and clinically depressed. Are they depressed because they cannot find work? Or are they unable to find or keep work because of the symptoms of their depression? Welcome to the world of correlational research. Sources: US News and World Reports Date: Released March 19,… Read more »