In case you missed them – 10 of the best psychology links from the past week:
1. Social psychologist Daniel Wegner has left the building. Famed for his research into thought suppression, Wegner also made great strides in other areas. Dan Gilbert describes him in this obituary as modern psychology’s “most original thinker”. Get the t-shirt. Here’s a Boston Globe obit and here’s a Digest report on Dan Wegner’s 2011 paper that suggested the internet is becoming an external hard-drive for the mind.
4. A new open-access paper published this week makes the case that control conditions in psychology are often not robust enough, in that they don’t control for participants’ expectations for improvement. Ed Yong blogged about the paper over at National Geographic.
5. Regular readers of the Digest blog will have noticed an increasing number of studies recruiting participants via Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. Over at the Cultural Cognition project Dan Kahan provides some background on what exactly Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is and why he thinks it has validity problems.