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We were joined by Professor Chris Ferguson of Stetson University to discuss his upcoming new book 'Catastrophe!: How Psychology Explains Why Good People Make Bad Situations Worse'  and whether Paul can join his Dungeons and Dragons game. Thankfully we (mostly) avoided discussing *that* Qualitative Research paper.
We welcome University of Miami postdoc Shane Littrell on the pod to discuss his research on bullshitting, Paul's pretentious website, and Thomas Chatterton Williams' bad week online.Find out more about Shane's research on his website here
In this episode we welcome marketing graduate student and TikTok celebrity Ethan Milne onto the podcast to talk about his social media fame, his research, an interesting incident at his Western University, the concept of 'elite capture,' and more. Follow Ethan on Twitter at and on TikTok at hijab kiss incident:
The Guns Episode

The Guns Episode


We discuss gun violence and mass shootings in the USA, as well as the debate around 'Great Replacement Theory.' Links:Cloud Research's Innovations in Online Research Conference: link Tweet thread from Professor Geoffrey Miller on gun control
The Abortion Episode

The Abortion Episode


We discuss the moral philosophy of abortion, and make a few comments about the public reaction to the leaked Supreme Court Roe v Wade decision. Here's some data on the stability of public attitudes toward abortion since the 70s: here's some data about the relative prevalence of bi-sexuality and homosexuality:
In this episode we are joined by famous podcaster Yoel Inbar (who we also found out is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto) to discuss a recent controversy surrounding this paper in PNAS, and the ethics of training machine learning models to judge and modify facial images in ways consistent with the stereotypical impressions of humans.We also briefly discussed the dumb stick-figure meme people have been talking about. Here are just a few pieces of research on people's ability to judge personality from physical appearance:
We were joined by Cory Clark, director of the Adversarial Collaboration Project and visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, to discuss her research on ideological bias in science, adversarial collaboration, cheerleading, powerpoint, and more.Follow Cory on twitter here: out the Adversarial Collaboration Project here:
We chatted with Aaron Moss, senior researcher at Cloud Research, about his recent paper on the ethics of using MTurk for behavioral research, conflicts of interest, global capitalism, and Will Smith. Read Aaron's paper here out Cloud Research here
We were joined by journalist and podcaster Katie Herzog to discuss her recent piece about an academic #metoo scandal that was not what it seemed. You can read Katie's piece here: and listen to the BARpod episode about it here: Katie on Twitter at: threads by the claimants:Jessica Cantlon: Piantadosi: website made by some unknown party concerning the case:
In this episode we are joined by Sinan Alper, a professor of Psychology at Yaşar University in Turkey, to discuss psychological research in non-WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic) contexts, and his work on the antecedents and consequences of COVID-19 conspiracy theories.Follow Sinan on Twitter: Some references:1. Paper showing people holding contradictory conspiracy beliefs (e.g. Princess Diana was assassinated but is nonetheless still alive): Civic honesty around the globe (Science paper testing frequency of returning lost wallets in different countries): The backfire effect of debunking misinformation on Twitter: SInan's paper on the link between intuitive thinking and social conservativism in WEIRD/non-WEIRD contexts:
In this episode we respond to a disgruntled listener's critiques of our previous Rittenhouse-gate! episode, and discuss a controversial proposal on the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) listserv to form a group of non-oppressed oppression researchers. Links:Statement by graduate students of color at UNC concerning the pervasiveness of racism in the UNC psychology department: list of references we were pointed towards as additional evidence of racism within the UNC psychology department: concerning the demographics of SPSP members: Equity Tools' explainer on the reasoning behind racial affinity groups Up For Racial Justice's (SURJ) list of past actions taken by SURJ affinity groups piece: 'Please don't ask your Black friends to teach you about racism'
In this episode we are joined by Paul Cernasov, a graduate student of clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina, to discuss a controversy within the UNC psychology department following an official email sent out to the department regarding the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse. Here is the study Paul mentioned with regard to anti-Asian racism:
In this episode we talked with Professor Dorian Abbot, a geophysicist from the University of Chicago whose views on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) led to the cancellation of a public lecture he was scheduled to give at MIT this autumn.  We discuss how Professor Abbot gradually became concerned enough about what he saw happening at his institution with regard to DEI that he felt compelled to raise a dissenting voice concerning on affirmative action and academic freedom. Here is a paper by Peter Arcidiacono of Duke University, whose work Professor Abbot references in the pod, which argues that affirmative action may harm its beneficiaries in many cases: And here is Professor Arcidiacono talking on Glenn Loury's show about more of his research:
On this episode we are joined by Thomas Costello, a PhD candidate at Emory University, to discuss his work on the fascinating but under-studied construct of Left-Wing Authoritarianism. You can find Tom on twitter at and read more about his work at
In this episode we are joined by air force veteran and 'professor in exile' Dave Porter to discuss the series of events that culminated in his termination from Berea College, Kentucky, and his ongoing lawsuit against the college alleging that Berea violated his and his students' academic freedom. Some more background on Dave's story can be found here: A letter in support of Dave published by the National Association of Scholars can be found here:
It's been a big week on psych twitter! Friend of the pod Nicole Barbaro returns to help us unpack all the drama surrounding the launch of Substack U (aka the University of Austin), as well as the fifty-ninth wave of the Great Tone Debate™Here is the University of Austin's website: here is the paper at the center of the last few days' controversy:
In this episode we are joined by Steven Zhou, a graduate student in I-O Psychology at George Mason University, to discuss personality types. good and bad science communication, and what a healthy skepticism of academic research looks like. 
In this episode, we try to unpack the notion of offensiveness, and discuss recent controversies at Yale and Netflix. What does it mean to find something offensive, and how should institutions handle situations in which individuals invoke the notion of offensiveness? 
Are grad students overpaid?

Are grad students overpaid?


In this episode we muse about one of the least popular opinions possible for an academic to have: is it possible that grad students are actually not underpaid? 
In this episode a microphone-less Paul and brand new co-host Rachel Hartman discuss the general weirdness that pervades academic mentorship and scientific training, and ask 'is there such a thing as a bad grad student?' Link to Project SHORT event 'Pre-Grad School - Finding the Right Program and Advisor Panel':
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