WORK IN PROGRESS
(last updated, 9/14/15)
The Short Version
My current work addresses issues in scientific
integrity/better practices, stereotypes&prejudice,
expectancy effects, and political psychology. These might
seem completely different but, to me, they are not.
Political biases distort social psychology much like stereotypes
and expectancies sometimes distort judgments. Also,
politics is a great arena for studying stereotypes because
people are usually quite ready to tell you what they think about
the "other" side (not always true with demographic
groups). Last, the politics of social psychologists seems
to distort the conclusions the field routinely reaches about
stereotypes and prejudice. Got your attention? Read
on or check my publications
THE LONG VERSION
Social psychology has been wracked over the last several years
by a series of threats to
of its conclusions:
1. Revelations of researchers making up data
2. Failures to replicate dramatic and influential experiments
3. Credible evidence that social psychology is tainted by
political bias directed against both individuals and scientific
4. An epidemic of overclaiming regarding some of the most
and dramatic findings in social psychology.
See my blog:
for short discussions of these issues.
Here are two working groups I helped found attempting to deal
with these issues:
Best Practices in Science
See my publications
for recent papers on this issues.
I would like to believe that my 2012 book has also raised some
awareness of some of these issues:
Social Belief and Social Reality: Why
Accuracy Dominates Bias and Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.
Published by Oxford University Press.
for advanced comments, the table of contents, and the proofs of
the introductory chapter.
This book received the Publishers Prose Award
best book in Psychology.
FOR A SUMMARY OF OTHER WORK COMPLETED IN THE LAST FEW YEARS,
GO TO MY
BIO PAGE (The second half describes this work).
short preliminary report on how to dramatically reduce
grandmother death resulting from exams
short statement about intellectual imperialism within social
POLITICAL CORRECTNESS SCALE
I am currently working on developing a Political Correctness scale
-- to assess people's willingness
to lie in order to appear unprejudiced. It has been designed to
in the act of lying to appear unprejudiced on anonymous
questionnaires. High scores should reflect
lying to appear unprejudiced; low scores should reflect honest
Examples of PC questions:
I have never noticed a personís race when I first met them.
(Denial of awareness of obvious group differences).
I am always friendly when I encounter a homeless person.
liking of a member of a stigmatized group).
Stereotypes and Prejudice
The role of racial stereotypes in implicit and explicit person
Political/ideological bias and prejudice, both among laypeople and
social scientists, including social psychologists
Although I am sometimes lax about updating it, some of this work
can be found at my
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