Few things to Know about Psychology:

General issues, methodology, statistics, writing, and more





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De Houwer, J. (2011). Why the cognitive approach in psychology would profit from a functional approach and vice versa. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 6, 202–209. 


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Hahn, U. (2011) The problem of circularity in evidence, argument, and explanation. Perspectives on Psychological Science 6(2):172–82.


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McCrae, R. R., & Weiss, A. (2007). Observer ratings of personality. In R. W. Robins, R. C. Fraley, & R. F. Krueger (Eds.), Handbook of research methods in personality psychology (p. 259–272). The Guilford Press.


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Munafò, M. R., Nosek, B. A., Bishop, D. V. M., Button, K. S., Chambers, C. D., Percie du Sert, N., Simonsohn, U., Wagenmakers, E., Ware, J. J., Ioannidis, J. P. A., Percie, N., Simonsohn, U., & Wagenmakers, E. (2017). A manifesto for reproducible science. Nature Publishing Group, 1(January), 1–9. 


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Oberauer, K., & Lewandowsky, S. (2019). Addressing the theory crisis in psychology. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 26(5), 1596–1618.


Paulhus, D. L., & Vazire, S. (2007). The self-report method. In R. W. Robins, R. C. Fraley, and R. Krueger (Eds.), Handbook of research methods in personality psychology (pp. 224–239). New York: Guilford Press.


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Kenny, D. A., & Judd, C. M. (2019). The unappreciated heterogeneity of effect sizes: Implications for power, precision, planning of research, and replication. Psychological Methods, 24(5), 578–589.


Fiedler, K. (2011). Voodoo correlations are everywhere—not only in neuroscience. Perspectives in Psychological Science, 6, 163–171.


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Rousselet, G. A., Pernet, C. R., & Wilcox, R. R. (2017). Beyond differences in means: Robust graphical methods to compare two groups in neuroscience. European Journal of Neuroscience, 46, 1738–1748.


Wagenmakers, E. J., Marsman, M., Jamil, T., Ly, A., Verhagen, J., Love, J., ... & Morey, R. D. (2018). Bayesian inference for psychology. Part I: Theoretical advantages and practical ramifications. Psychonomic bulletin & review25(1), 35-57.


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Byrnes, J. P. (2007). Publishing trends of psychology faculty during their pretenure years. Psychological Science, 18, 283–286


Diener, E. (2016). Improving Departments of Psychology. Perspectives on Psychological Science11(6), 909–912.


Phillips, N. (2007). Citation counts, prestige measurement, and graduate training in social psychology. Dialogue, 22, 24–26.


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Simonton, D. K. (2016). Giving credit where credit’s due: Why it’s so hard to do in psychological science. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 11, 888–892.


Sternberg R. J. (2016). "Am I Famous Yet?" Judging Scholarly Merit in Psychological Science: An Introduction. Perspectives on psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science11(6), 877–881.


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Sternberg, R.J., & Sternberg, K. (2017). Measuring scientific reasoning for graduate admissions in psychology and related disciplines. Journal of Intelligence. http://www.mdpi.com/2079-3200/5/3/29/pdf




Bowes SM, Ammirati RJ, Costello TH, et al. (2020) Cognitive biases, heuristics, and logical fallacies in clinical practice: A brief field guide for practicing clinicians and supervisors. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice 51(5): 435–445.


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Kazdin, A. E. (2020). Single-case experimental designs: Characteristics, changes, and challenges. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 115(1), 56-85.


Kriegeskorte, N., Mur, M., & Bandettini, P. A. (2008). Representational similarity analysis-connecting the branches of systems neuroscience. Frontiers in systems neuroscience2, 4.


McCrae, R. R., & Weiss, A. (2007). Observer ratings of personality. In R. W. Robins, R. C. Fraley, & R. F. Krueger (Eds.), Handbook of research methods in personality psychology (p. 259–272). The Guilford Press.


Paulhus, D. L., & Vazire, S. (2007). The self-report method. In R. W. Robins, R. C. Fraley, and R. Krueger (Eds.), Handbook of research methods in personality psychology (pp. 224–239). New York: Guilford Press.


Rosellini,  A.J., & Brown, T.A. (2021).  Developing and Validating Clinical Questionnaires. Annual  Review of  Clinical Psychology,  7;17:55-81.