A report from the National Council on Teacher Quality has found teacher-training textbooks aren't based in evidence.
The psychologist who fundamentally changed how teachers talk to children warns her message has been lost in translation.
Watch entertaining reconstructions of classic experiments demonstrating our predisposition toward dishonesty.
The ability to delay gratification is vital for a successful life, and research suggests it is a skill that can be cultivated.
We all make small mistakes, but sometimes journalists report the complete and utter opposite of what a study really found.
An experiment from the 1920s explains why cliffhangers are so compelling and starting a task is often the most important part.
The researcher behind the famed Dunning-Kruger Effect has found expertise can lead us to claim impossible knowledge.
Hotelling's law, a principle from game theory explains the tendency for industries to set up shop right next door to their closest competitor.
If I were to say that “crocodiles sleep with their eyes closed,” and then a week later ask you if “crocodiles sleep with their eyes open,” what would you say? The answer might surprise you.
If you are caught with "soft" drugs in the UK, you are now more likely to be prosecuted than if you are caught with "hard" drugs.
A senior engineer at Google shines a light on the dystopian possibilities of the online world that we all inhabit.
97% of scientists agree that humans are causing global warming, yet belief in climate change continues to depend on political beliefs above all else.
It took a 160-strong response team of paramedics, firefighters, and rescue workers to get the chaotic scene under control.
A massive, groundbreaking study has found that the majority of new psychology findings in the top three flagship journals can't be replicated. Where do we go from here?
Why Banksy's dystopian vision of the future might be the kind of shock we need to realize the problems humanity faces.
Research has shown that drugs dogs routinely act based on the behavioral cues of their handlers, rather than acting on their sense of smell, raising important questions about the Fourth Amendment rights of anyone subject to search based on their actions.
Over 3,000 studies have now been conducted into acupuncture; it's time to accept that the ancient Chinese practice is a complete waste of time.
Does the claim made by the leader of the €1 Billion Human Brain Project stand a chance of coming to fruition?
We are far more influenced by appearances in our electoral decision-making than we like to admit
Ten years ago, a researcher claimed most published research findings are false; now a decade later, his claim is stronger than ever before. How can this be?
A journalist tricked news outlets into reporting a bogus study to demonstrate the sorry state of science journalism, but was the sting operation ethical?
What happened when researchers strapped fake WiFi routers to people's heads to test if electromagnetic sensitivity is real or imagined?
A New Replication Suggests 'Power Posing' Is a Waste of Time, but Here's Why You'll Still Be Told to Do It for Years to Come
The second most-watched TED Talk of all time has been debunked.
World Health Organization Demands Pharmaceutical Companies Stop Withholding Clinical Trials as Study Finds Over Half of Registered Clinical Trials Are Never Published
In the United States, the FDA has the power to fine drug companies $10,000 a day for failing to publish clinical trials, yet most clinical trials still never see the light of day.
It has become commonplace to see a "worm" based on the reactions of a tiny sample of audience members running across our screens during televised presidential debates. Psychologists tested whether the worm can influence our voting intentions and the results are worrying in the extreme.
Dr. Tesia Marshik who is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse walks us through the extensive evidence that learning styles don't exist, before looking at why the belief is so widespread and why the belief is such a serious problem.
George Washington was not only the founding father of the U.S., but also of mass immunization.
How providing people with evidence about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines can backfire.
A major psychology journal has banned the use of the near-universally adopted practice of significance testing, citing recent evidence of the technique's unreliability. What will be the fallout for psychology as a field?
Why is a psychologist claiming "patent rights" for a basic psychological technique that he did not invent and does not own the patent for?
According to a story doing the rounds on social media, organ transplant patients can take on the personalities of their donors. Don't believe the hype.
Why did an academic at MIT recently make the absurd claim that half of all children will be autistic by 2025?
Despite widespread belief in the myth that sugar causes hyperactivity, scientists have known for more than two decades that the link is all in the mind.
One image has had an incalculable effect on policy around the world, but is it even remotely representative of what happens in the real world? Children who have been neglected can look forward to a more positive outlook than this image would suggest.
According to a new study, people want to be interested in brain science - but don't act on that desire - or don't get the chance.
Some neuromyths — incorrect statements about how the brain works — have become "common knowledge," repeated by educators and used to influence everything from public policy to parenting practices. It's time for that to change.
Facebook recently announced that it will display warnings beside satirical content. In this post we look at the flaws and implications of recent research on the spread of false information on Facebook.
According to a new study, people living in more liberal countries are happier than people in more conservative countries; but paradoxically, people who consider themselves to be liberal are less happy than people who think of themselves as conservative, regardless of where they live. Why?
Simon Oxenham covers the best and the worst from the world of psychology and neuroscience. Formerly writing with the pseudonym "Neurobonkers", Simon has a history of debunking dodgy scientific research and tearing apart questionable science journalism in an irreverent style. Simon has written and blogged for publishers including: The Psychologist, Nature, Scientific American and The Guardian. His work has been praised in the New York Times and The Guardian and described in Pearson's Textbook of Psychology as "excoriating reviews of bad science/studies”.
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