I love the application of the scientific method to human psychology. Why? Because we don’t really know whether it is possible yet. We get lots of “results”, many of which turn up in headlines in less-respectable newspapers. These lack my key requirement of science: the ability to explain and predict.
However, the growing research into framing (changing people’s default perceptions) looks to have tangible impact on real world activities.
But still plenty of contradiction: here’s a study that finds very little difference between male and female humans that can be attributed to their gender.
And here is a study that suggests that having more females in a team makes that team smarter.
Combine the two: we should all imagine we are women and make a smarter world.
Or something like that: I guess I didn’t frame the discussion right.