Sixty seconds on . . . posing

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 05 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5354
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. London

Why is your head in your hands?

I’m a social psychologist.


Our whole profession is under assault from critics who say that it is little more than “tabloid fodder,” full of glamorous and widely publicised but irreproducible claims reached by underpowered studies and “p-hacking” (mining data to find significant patterns without first having a specific hypothesis). It’s very wounding.

Is it true?

Some big claims have lost a bit of their swagger, certainly. One of the …

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