Health

‘Rethinking Psychology’ is now available

Alright, there really is no humble way of putting this. My new book [*blush*], having been trailed as “imminent” for several months, is now officially available. In all good booksellers, as they say (and they actually do say this). I’ll be having an initial launch event in Galway in late April […]

On alcohol guidelines and social desirability

I’ve posted a piece at Psychology Today on the methodological problems surrounding Britain’s new alcohol consumption guidelines: The UK government has published new guidelines on healthy alcohol consumption and, yes, as might be predicted, they are controversial. According to the new advice, adults — male or female — should drink no more than 14 […]

Where Waldo is (or, The science behind why journalists now think there is a science to be had behind everything)

The challenge: You know the drill. Waldo appears in different places in different scenes. There are 68 locations, therefore 68 places. The simulation: Let’s pretend Waldo is not a guy in a crowd but a dot on a page. The problem: There are 68 dots representing possible Waldo locations. You must find the […]

Some pieces and bits

It’s early January. That time when other people’s New Year’s resolutions mean that you get lots of emails. About really important stuff that you simply must deal with, like, immediately. These folks need a reply because they only have stamina for a few days’ frantic emailing. After the New Year energy […]