Alphapsy Archives

Are humans innately bad social scientists?

I know, this sounds a bit extreme. How can the ability to do (bad) social science be influenced by our genes? Well, quite easily if you carefully read Robert Trivers’ last book (see reviews in

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The power of mind

This post was written in 2006 by Karim N'Diaye. It was originally published on the Alphapsy blog.Social psychologists from Harvard and Princeton campuses report on belief in magical causation

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On conformism among social psychologists

This post was first published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog.In a previous post on deliberative democracy, I said that people often attack deliberative democracy on the ground that people are

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Know thyself, yes – but how?

This post was first published on the Alphapsy blog in 2006.The importance of self-knowledge has often been emphasized, from traditional lore to New Age gurus. However, there may be very different

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Washing away our sins

This post was originally published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog.A nice paper by Chen-Bo Zhong and Katie Liljenquist in Science about the "Macbeth effect" : a threat to one’s moral

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