Quick Thoughts

Evaluating personality and social psychology research as clinical trials

We could better keep bad science out of an already untrustworthy literature if there were clearer and more widely disseminated standards for conducting and reporting research

The RCT of tango dancing versus mindfulness meditation for depression

If you aren't happy with your life, should you take up mindfulness meditation or some other activity – like tango dance?

Needed: more informative and trustworthy abstracts. Recommendations for some simple reforms.

An analysis of an uninformative, seriously spun abstract chosen from PLOS One shows why we need guidelines for writing and interpreting abstracts.  With so much to read, and so little time, readers need to be able to quickly screen abstracts and decide whether articles are worth putting further effort into retrieving them.  More informative, trustworthy […]

What reviewers can do to improve the trustworthiness of the psychotherapy literature

Reviewers arise, we have only an untrustworthy psychotherapy literature to lose. Psychotherapy researchers have considerable incentives to switch outcomes, hide data, and spin reports of trials to get published in prestigious journals, promote their treatments in workshops, and secures future funding. The questionable research practices that permeate psychotherapy research cannot be changed without first challenging […]

What We Need to Do to Redeem Psychotherapy Research

[Update] This blog post has now been expanded into an article in Journal of Evidence-Based Psychotherapies that can be downloaded at ResearchGate. Commentaries on this article by E. David  Klonsky and Bruce Thyer are available at the journal site. This post serves as a supplement to one in PLOS Mind the Brain, Salvaging Psychotherapy Research: […]