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Psychology is (not?) fine

Today I will be doing a turn. Actually, two turns. (Three, if you include tomorrow.)

This afternoon I have the honour of being a keynote speaker at the Psychological Society of Ireland’s annual conference, here in Wexford City (Ireland’s “sunny southeast”, where roadside strawberries come from, and opera).

My talk is part of a special plenary organized by PSI, the British Psychological Society, AND the American Psychological Association. So no pressure then!

I will be asking, “Is it time for Psychology 2.0?” and yes, you’ve guessed it, it’s a rhetorical question.  But without spoiling too much, I can tell you that my rhetoric will be organized around an assertion that, yes, I do think it is time for such a thing.

I will refer to ‘Psychology in Crisis‘. Basically, I will say that the reason psychology is in crisis is not so much its poor replicability or the prevalence of sloppy methods, but rather that so many psychologists adopt a “This Is Fine” posture whenever they are presented with evidence of the many challenges that blight psychological science today.

Hence the dog, hence the meme, hence the title of this blog post.

Those other turns in brief:

  • Later this afternoon, the PSI will very kindly be launching my book as part of their conference programme. Copies will be available to purchase. (I will sign yours for free.)
  • And tomorrow, as part of a freestyle session with the PSI Science & Public Policy committee, I will be giving a short talk called “How To Not Hate Yourself While Doing Research In Psychology.” (Self-therapeutic? Maybe.)

That’s all I have time to write for now. Other things are happening but I will blog about them later. Right now it’s a conference — I need to go network.

Everything is fine.



Psychology, Science

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