The Hans J Eysenck Saga continues: 14 retractions and 71 papers of concern

Journals have issued expressions of concern for seven more Hans J Eysenck papers, including one for a paper published just after World War II. As I have discussed in earlier posts, suspicions about Hans J Eysenck, who died in 1997, surfaced es early as the 1960s.  One of my lecturers at Reading University, Dr VernonContinue reading “The Hans J Eysenck Saga continues: 14 retractions and 71 papers of concern”

The Influence of Social Hierarchy on Primate Health

Sapolsky, R. M. (2005). The influence of social hierarchy on primate health. Science, 308(5722), 648-652. Abstract Dominance hierarchies occur in numerous social species, and rank within them can greatly influence the quality of life of an animal. In this review, I consider how rank can also influence physiology and health. I first consider whether it is high-Continue reading “The Influence of Social Hierarchy on Primate Health”

The General Theory of Behaviour IV: Homeostasis, Balance and Stability

This fourth post in the series describes homeostasis as a fundamental principle in behaviour and motivation. The fixity of the milieu supposes a perfection of the organism such that the external variations are at each instant compensated for and equilibrated…. All of the vital mechanisms, however varied they may be, have always one goal, toContinue reading “The General Theory of Behaviour IV: Homeostasis, Balance and Stability”

Role of Exosomes in the Regulation of T-Cell Mediated Immune Responses and in Autoimmune Disease

Anel, A., Gallego-Lleyda, A., de Miguel, D., Naval, J., & Martínez-Lostao, L. (2019). Role of exosomes in the regulation of T-cell mediated immune responses and in autoimmune disease. Cells, 8(2), 154. Abstract T-cell mediated immune responses should be regulated to avoid the development of autoimmune or chronic inflammatory diseases. Several mechanisms have been described to regulate thisContinue reading “Role of Exosomes in the Regulation of T-Cell Mediated Immune Responses and in Autoimmune Disease”

H J Eysenck’s ‘Unsafe’ Publications Total 148

This post updates the situation regarding publications by Hans J Eysenck that are deemed ‘unsafe’. The 148 publications include 87 publications identified by David F Marks and Roderick D Buchanan and 61 papers in two journals flagged by SAGE Publications on 10 February 2020 (details below). To date, only fourteen of HJ Eysenck’s 148 suspectContinue reading “H J Eysenck’s ‘Unsafe’ Publications Total 148”

The Elephant in the Room – the Persistence of Error

There is an embarrassing, unanswered question about theories and models in Psychology that is screaming to be answered. If the evidence in support of Psychology’s models and findings is so meagre and feeble, how have they survived for such a long time? The scientific method is intended to be a fail-safe procedure for abandoning disconfirmedContinue reading “The Elephant in the Room – the Persistence of Error”