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.
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 […]
Studies of the brain stimulation method called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) could suffer from pervasive questionable research practices.
Why the American Psychological Association's call for papers reporting failed replications and null findings is a step back for efforts to improve the trustworthiness of clinical 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 –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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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