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Literally Psyched

Conceived in literature, tested in psychology

The perils of hindsight judgment

Paul Meehl was renowned for many things: his insistence on statistical and research rigor; his prescient views on schizophrenia; his advancements in psychotherapy; his creation of one of the scales of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI—one of the most widely used tests of personality in clinical research and practice.) He is equally famous for his aversion to academic conferences...

May 1, 2013 — Maria Konnikova

Why grad schools should require students to blog

Approximately one month ago, I fell into a rabbit hole – the rabbit hole better known as Writing My Dissertation. I’d been working toward that point for five years and counting, through seminars and conferences, experiments and literature reviews, conversations and late-night therapy sessions with an open statistics textbook and eyes full of tears over yet another beta or epsilon that I couldn’t for the life of me comprehend...

April 12, 2013 — Maria Konnikova

A meeting of the minds

Today marks a big occasion for the Scientific American blog network: the launch of the MIND blogs, the Scientific American MIND blog network. Six new blogs, six new areas of exploration for the human mind--and a transition of all existing psychology-related blogs (like this one) to the new platform...

March 13, 2013 — Maria Konnikova

Valentine's Day on the planet of the Little Prince

When my wonderful agent, Seth Fishman, got married this summer, he decided on one of the most original and thoughtful presents for his bride-to-be, Marget, that I had ever seen: a bound book of reflections on love from his friends and clients...

February 14, 2013 — Maria Konnikova

The man who couldn t speak and how he revolutionized psychology

When he was 30 years old, Louis Victor Leborgne lost the ability to speak—or speak in any matter that made any sort of sense. Upon being admitted to Bicêtre, a suburban Paris hospital that specialized in mental illness, he could utter only a single syllable: Tan...

February 8, 2013 — Maria Konnikova

Sherlock Holmes, the mindful detective

Today marks the official US release of my new book, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes. It all began here, on "Literally Psyched," with a handful of posts that I called "Lessons from Sherlock Holmes." To celebrate the occasion, I am re-posting my first ever Holmesian blog, from back in the summer of 2011...

January 3, 2013 — Maria Konnikova

The beautiful fragility of language

Alas, this is not how my first day of kindergarten went. Credit: Creative Commons, Archives New Zealand. I remember my first day of school with such clarity that it might as well have happened last week...

December 13, 2012 — Maria Konnikova

Killer blueberries: Inside the reality of paranoia

Think blueberries are your super-oxidizing, super-healthy friend? Think again. Unless you’re consuming the organic variety, you’re probably better off skipping them altogether—unless you want to be hit with so much pesticide it would make maggots and bagworms squirm and wilt...

November 20, 2012 — Maria Konnikova

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