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The original paper outlining the Dunning-Kruger Effect – ‘Unskilled and unaware of it’ – is a good example of the scientific storytelling we considered last month. It opens with McArthur Wheeler, having walked into two Pittsburgh banks and robbed them in broad daylight with no visible attempt at disguise, baffled that the police had captured him. ‘But I wore the juice,’ he mumbled. Apparently, Wheeler was under the impression that rubbing one’s face with lemon juice rendered it invisible to videotape cameras. We all have our ‘I wore the juice’ moments, and see Wheelers in our daily life. So the effect feels real. But what’s really behind it? Similarly, what’s the true story behind groupthink? Elsewhere, there’s misinformation (p.42; also listen to our latest Research Digest podcast), and Long-Covid (p.24). With the virus circulating at high levels, the vaccine will not fully protect us from its lasting effects. So why aren’t we talking about Long-Covid, and psychologists’ role in it?
Dr Jon Sutton
Neurodiverse psychs write
European Congress; child mental health; member conduct; events; and more
We need to talk about Long-Covid
Andy Siddaway on the key role of psychologists in research, service design and interventions
The persistent irony of the Dunning-Kruger effect
Robert D. McIntosh and Sergio Della Sala
Groupthink – a monument to truthiness?
‘We are all involved in this false information universe’
We meet Tom Buchanan
‘This hid my shadow, my own uncertainty’
Sharon O’Driscoll on feeling pressure to ‘make the known unknown’
Magic, gangs and prison
Richard Wiseman interviews Darren Way and Gareth Foreman
The Commandos, mental mutiny and mindset
Jonathan Rhodes on using imagery to enhance resilience
‘Educational psychology is inherently political’
We meet Victoria Lewis
Jobs in psychology
William Todd Schultz on creativity and the chaos rainbow; Divine Charura and Colin Lago; and much more
Procession, Couples Therapy, Encanto and more
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