Quick Thoughts

Confirmation bias in JAMA Psychiatry article concerning neighborhood-level variation in risk of psychosis

This article represents a good teaching example of confirmation bias, whereby weak findings are interpreted as consistent with the dominant view in the literature.

No, study didn’t show that ‘mindfulness training doesn’t foster empathy or makes narcissists worse’

Many of us have become accustomed to extravagant claims about the benefits of mindfulness that turn out to be based on poor quality studies with inadequate control groups. We become skeptical about what we are told about the benefits of mindfulness. We’ve come to expect a lot of confirmation bias. Reactions to the study that […]

Did a study show expressing gratitude improves your physical health?

A brief probing of a study of practicing gratitude shows it did not demonstrate that being grateful benefits your health.