APA linked to CIA torture program, “Shit Academics Say,” plus more weekly links


A selection of recent behavioral science news, articles, and resources of note:

  • The New York Times made public a 542-page report Friday detailing new revelations about the collusion of top APA representatives with CIA officials on their Bush-era program of enhanced interrogation. Following the report’s release, the APA issued an apology for their “organizational failures,” called “deeply disturbing” by one leading member, and announced possible steps to prevent future wrong-doing. (New York Times)
  • “We know of no senior policy-maker, or senior business leader who ever reads any peer-reviewed papers.” Two scholars argue in the London School of Economics Blog that “Citations are not enough: Academic promotion panels must take into account a scholar’s presence in popular media.” (London School of Economics Impact Blog)
  • Psychologist Nathan Hall is the academic behind Shit Academics Say (@AcademicsSay), arguably one of the most influential (yes, influential) academic twitter accounts. He tells the story of how his fun way to procrastinate turned into an international research project on well-being in academia. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

  • “One death is a tragedy. One million is a statistic.” Or is it? In a New York Times Op-ed, a trio of behavioral scientists review recent evidence to suggest that far from being a resource in short supply, “empathy is only as limited as we choose it to be.” (New York Times)
  • Why did the chicken cross the road? A better question might be why, despite its predictable outcome and severe overuse, do people still find the poultry paradox funny? In a recent article in PNAS, Caleb Warren and Peter McGraw try to understand what makes things funny. (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PNAS)


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