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Methodology

'I Shall Wear The Bottoms of My Trousers Rolled'

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.06.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

In a classic 1996 study, psychological scientists demonstrated that "priming" people with aging-related words actually led them to walk more slowly afterward. Today the idea of unconscious priming is under intense scrutiny.

To Poll or Not to Poll: The Pollster's Dilemma

Nick Gourevitch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Nick Gourevitch

Outside of peak election season, internal campaign polls are used to inform long-term strategic decisions. But deciding when it is "normal" to poll is often a delicate balancing act.

A Word of Caution About College Rankings

Josh A. Goodman | Posted 10.15.2012 | College
Josh A. Goodman

It's not a bad thing to give a ranking some consideration -- especially if it's about its general position rather than its exact number. But if some say to take rankings with a grain of salt, I would recommend giving the salt shaker a few more shakes.

Methodology Is More Important Than Teaching, Study Finds

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 07.12.2011 | College

WASHINGTON — Who's better at teaching difficult physics to a class of more than 250 college students: the highly rated veteran professor using t...

Pollster's Mark Blumenthal Challenges Nate Silver's Method At FiveThirtyEight

Pollster.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For better or worse, FiveThirtyEight's prominence makes these ratings central to our conversation about how to interpret and aggregate polls, and I ha...

Is Marriage Good for Your Health, NY Times Asks

Bella DePaulo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bella DePaulo

Coming this Sunday to the New York Times Magazine (already available online here) is an article by Tara Parker-Pope titled, "Is marriage good for your...

Harvard Press Was Right to Reject "The Case for Marriage"

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bella DePaulo

I have news for Stanley Kurtz: The Case for Marriage was second rate and not worth publishing.

USA Today Reporter Responds to Blog Post

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bella DePaulo

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