Hans Eysenck’s personality epidemiological research: Fishy and fraudulent

The latest scientific scandal is a re-examination of the work of Hans Eysenck, a British psychologist who very prominent in his lifetime. One recent study ranked him as the 13th most eminent psychologist of the 20th century (Haggbloom et al., 2002). A different study ranked him as the 46th most influential psychologist of all time

The jangle fallacy: Aptitude ≈ achievement

After my last post about the jingle fallacy, it is impossible to resist talking about the jangle fallacy. In short, the jangle fallacy occurs when a person treats two concepts as being different because there are different words for them. The jangle fallacy occurs because “. . . psychologists can name more things than they

The jingle fallacy: Why schools should not teach critical thinking or creativity?

Should schools teach lessons on developing general creativity or general critical thinking? Maybe not. I came to this conclusion after reading a superbly written literature review on the effectiveness of cognitive training regimens (Sala & Gobet, 2019). These training programs take a variety of forms, including working memory training, music lessons, chess instruction, and brain

Ethics of DNA research on indigenous people: Not thorny at all

Undark published an article on September 30, 2019, about the “thorny ethics” of collecting genetic data from the world’s indigenous populations. This is an important issue because genomic databases consist overwhelmingly of people of European ancestry. Results from these databases will not generalize well to non-European populations. In fact, the more distantly related a group

Zenderland’s biography of Henry Goddard

I just finished reading Leila Zenderland’s (1998) biography of Henry H. Goddard, a pioneering psychologist in intelligence testing. It is the best biography of any of the early psychologists involved with the development of intelligence testing. Henry Herbert Goddard was a psychologist who, in the early 20th century, was America’s foremost expert on the identification