Quick Thoughts

Is acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) in a post-evidence phase?

Recent interviews with three founders of ACT make little reference to evidence, but a lot of reaching for roles as gurus, not as trainers in an evidence-based therapy.

What?! Homeopathy and acupuncture for symptoms of autism

  Let’s get the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to stop publicizing junk studies of acupuncture for symptoms of autism intended to exploit parents NOW.     Changes are ordered by Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI) in the Facebook Page advertising acupuncture for autism. Yet, an enterprising journal editor got the AAAS’s […]

Is something rotten in brain stimulation research?

Studies of the brain stimulation method called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) could suffer from pervasive questionable research practices.

RCT of a positive psychology intervention for people with newly diagnosed HIV

Should investigators burden people newly diagnosed with HIV with cumbersome and ineffective interventions?

Too much ado about church attendance and suicide rates among women

Widely publicized study of church attendance and suicide is less impressive than it first looks.

How competition between APS and APA for prestige fueled the crisis of reproducibility in psychology

This blog post is truly a quick thought that needs refinement. I invite comments and criticisms, and particularly suggestions for more links and details to what I believe is an important message. Please correct me where you believe I am wrong or exaggerating.  Counting papers is “a great way to measure whether a scientist puts […]

Ellen Langer: genius or quack?

Ellen Langer: genius or quack –or master self-marketer? Another lesson we need to be wary of trustworthiness and authority established by awards or celebrity status. We need to be skeptical of the publicity machines that confer celebrity status on “scientists.’ We need to be skeptical about scientists who gather such recognition. It could be just […]

When Simon Wessely shoved a Hans Eysenck scandal under the rug

Updated May 7, 2016 I have also now responded to Sir Simon Wessely ‘s comment on Twitter about this post. I invite a further reply from him. Soon there may be a renewed call for an investigation of misconduct by famous UK psychologist Hans Eysenck.  What happened the last time reflects on the ability of […]

Probing an untrustworthy Cochrane review of exercise for “chronic fatigue syndrome”

Updated April 24, 2016, 9:21 AM US Eastern daylight time: An earlier version of this post had mashed together discussion of the end-of-treatment analyses with the follow-up analyses. That has now been fixed. The implications are even more serious for the credibility of this Cochrane review. From my work in progress My ongoing investigation so […]

A template for editors and reviewers having to explain rejections of spun clinical trials

This post presents a template that I use as an editor for desk rejections of manuscripts reporting clinical trials showing clear evidence of questionable research practices such as spin and confirmation bias. This template can also be used by authors as a guide for writing a manuscript that avoids such immediate rejection. Alternatively, authors can […]