Interesting NBER working paper: how Covid vaccines help fight anxiety

When people think about the side effects of vaccines, they probably think about fever, pain, being tired,… But a new study looked at other secondary effects of vaccination: what is the effect of vaccination on anxiety and depression, the other pandemic happening because of the coronavirus: In this paper, we use data from a national… Read More Interesting NBER working paper: how Covid vaccines help fight anxiety

Another replication crisis victim? Do Gestures Really Facilitate Speech Production?

This is a replication study by Yagmur Deniz Kısa and colleagues that looks at an insight that has been held for decades: people will speak more fluently when they use gestures. Or more concrete: According to an influential version of this proposal, the Lexical Retrieval Hypothesis (LRH), gestures facilitate speech production by helping speakers find… Read More Another replication crisis victim? Do Gestures Really Facilitate Speech Production?

This study shows why replication can teach so much in research (Best Evidence in Brief)

If people have heard about replication, it’s often because of the replication crisis in psychology. And do note that replication is less common in educational research, and that’s a pity as replication can teach us so much. Take this example that Marta Pellegrini summarized for Best Evidence in Brief: A study published in Evaluation Review… Read More This study shows why replication can teach so much in research (Best Evidence in Brief)

Interesting patterns of brain activity emerge during musical analysis exercises

What better way to start this new year – Happy New Year, btw – than with music? Or better: research about music! Researchers found that students trained to play music from a young age exhibited certain kinds of brain activity more strongly than other students. This is not unreasonable to expect, as well, they use… Read More Interesting patterns of brain activity emerge during musical analysis exercises