Seven deadly sins of psychological science


Psychological science has made extraordinary discoveries about the human mind, but can we trust everything its practitioners are telling us? In recent years it has become increasingly apparent that a lot of research in psychology is based on weak evidence, questionable practices and sometimes even fraud. Here Dr Raj Persaud talks to Professor Chris Chambers about his recently published book ‘The Seven Deadly Sins of Psychology: A Manifesto for Reforming the Culture of Scientific Practice’, in which he diagnoses the ills besetting the discipline today and proposes sensible, practical solutions for change.


Date published: 23 October 2019

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Professor Chris Chambers

Audio running time: 49 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • some of the flaws that have been identified in the scientific research of psychology


  • why routinely used scientific methods in psychology may not be suitable to ensure robust accumulation of knowledge


  • steps that can be taken to make future research evidence as reliable and bias-free as possible.



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