Social Psych’s Replication Problem Just Got Thornier

Much ado lately about the challenges of replicating key findings in social psychology. Almost everyone agrees it’s a good idea to test these key findings to see how they hold up; foundation stones should be solid. Cambridge University social psychologist Simone Schnall, for instance, thought it was a good idea, and cooperated when a high-profile replication project attempted […]

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Orchids & Dandelions Abloom (Repost)

  Can Genes Send You High or Low? The Orchid Hypothesis A-bloom by David Dobbs Originally posted March 2012* A few years ago, Arial Knafo, a psychologist at Jerusalem University, wanted to see if three-year-olds would share their bonbons. Snack time would come amid a bunch of other activity at Knafo’s lab — drawing, games, […]

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The Depression Map: Genes, Culture, Environment, and a Side of Pathogens

This post, originally published  14 September, 2010, examines how genes and culture can apparently shape one another’s development and expression — a topic much in my mind as I write my book The Orchid and the Dandelion, about how genes, environment, and culture shape temperament, behavior, and destiny   The Depression Map: Genes, Culture, Environment, and a […]

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