Philosophy 496, Psychology 475
Professor: Craig DeLancey
Read the very influential
"Automaticity of Social Behavior". Answer the questions on
We discussed parallels with pharma.
Here is a Nature Podcast interview with Ben Goldacre who
wrote Bad Pharma. (Goldacre describes some problems that
do not have a parallel with social psych; e.g., he argues that
there is a too-low hurdle set up against placebos. But he also
discusses the publishing issues we discussed--he calls it the
problem of "missing data"--if you want to hear that part first,
skip ahead to the 12 minute mark.)
Read the paper by
Doyen et al. Answer the questions on Angel.
Lindsay Webb will visit the class!
Papers due for peer review. Many of you are revising papers
that you have written before. If you are looking for a new
topic, here are some suggestions.
- Consider an emotion, like fear. What kind of theory
of emotion does the behaviorist, the cognitivist, and
the evolutionary psychologist offer? How should decide
- Do we still need introspection in psychology? Why or
why not? And for what kinds of data do we need it? And
how has use of introspection changed, if at all? Consider
- Given one of the classic cognitivist papers, such as
one describing the Stroop effect. Explain how that
hypothesis requires that we emend behaviorism.
Specifically, what elements of behaviorism are retained,
and what altered, in contemporary experimental psychology
(such as cognitive psychology)?
- Explain and evaluate the concern raised about Kahane that
we have a reproducibility crisis in social psychology.
- Review a claim made in evolutionary psychology. What
is being assumed (about inheritance, about the target of
selection, etc.)? Does the argument plausibly show that
the behavior is an evolutionary stable strategy? What are
some concerns that we might have about this kind of
- Is there a concensus about the method of psychology?
Give examples. If not, then is this because psychology is
new, or because the mind is special (that is, explaining
the mind requires special methods because it is a different
kind of thing)?