Science Isn’t Broken, You’re More Creative Than You Think, plus more weekly links

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

  • The Atlantic published a litany of troubling statistics this month about the rate of fraud and error in science. Nature reported mass retractions—some 64 articles in 10 journals. Then there’s the hoard of psychology studies that can’t be replicated. This is hardly a new conversation, but in case you were worried about the state of science, the folks at FiveThirtyEight say don’t be, “Science isn’t Broken.” (The Atlantic, Nature, National Geographic, FiveThirtyEight)
  • Among the hundreds of thousands of documents Edward Snowden leaked were ones that exposed a secret British intelligence unit aimed at influencing human behavior. Those revelations turned out to be more revealing of the UK’s lack of psychological insight than the brainwashing prowess of their so-called “magicians of persuasion.” Times change, and as Vaughan Bell writes, we should expect psychology to play an increasingly central role in new military strategies. (The Guardian)
  • When you’re the boss, it’s easy to forget just how bossy you are. Social psychologist Adam Galinsky, writing in the New York Times, describes why “when you’re in charge your whisper may feel like a shout” and suggests some practical ways to improve your communication. (New York Times)
  • Researchers recently tested if Google search data could be used to forecast suicide risk across the country. They found Google is actually a better predictor of completed suicides than traditional surveys, like the ones currently used by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (Clinical Psychological Science)
  • What makes you you? Psychologists Nina Strohminger and Shaun Nichols’ recent research suggests it’s your morals. (Pacific Standard)

 

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