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Global Optimum

Oct 30, 2018

This episode features:

-A quiz to test your intuitions about which studies replicate and which don’t

-An effective altruist origin story

-Heuristics for evaluating scientific research

-The role of incentives in the replication crisis

-What should your prior be for whether research will replicate

-Which subfield of psychology has the worst replication rate

-Why it’s a mistake to conceptualize glucose as a willpower resource

-Problems with interpreting studies of the dictator game


Full transcript



Did It Replicate?:

Baker, M. (2016). 1,500 scientists lift the lid on reproducibility. Nature News, 533(7604), 452.

de Bloom, J., Ritter, S., Kühnel, J., Reinders, J., & Geurts, S. (2014). Vacation from work: A ‘ticket to creativity’?: The effects of recreational travel on cognitive flexibility and originality. Tourism Management, 44, 164-171.

Kurzban, R. (2010). Does the brain consume additional glucose during self-control tasks?. Evolutionary Psychology, 8(2), 147470491000800208.

Open Science Collaboration. (2015). Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science. Science, 349(6251), aac4716.

Winking, J., & Mizer, N. (2013). Natural-field dictator game shows no altruistic giving. Evolution and Human Behavior, 34(4), 288-293.

Replication attempt 1

Replication attempt 2

Replication attempt 3

Replication attempt 4

Replication attempt 5

Replication attempt 6

How to Build Your CV

Story Time:

The mechanics of my recent productivity by Nate Soares

On saving the world by Nate Soares

Check This Rec:

Bloom, P. (2017). Against empathy: The case for rational compassion. Random House.