2. Watsonian vs. Doylist ways of interpreting media.
4. Familiar with the five stages of grief? Those came from Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, and have impacted much of how we communicate with patients about their terminal illness. More fascinating: this 1997 article about Kubler-Ross’s own demise and attitudes towards death at the end of her life.
5. A nuanced conversation about triggers, and what we mean when we say we’re triggered.
6. Preventing bad reporting of science: it’s not just the media to blame.
Over a third of press releases contained exaggerated advice, causal claims, or inference to humans. When press releases contained exaggeration, 58% to 86% of derived news stories contained similar exaggeration, compared with exaggeration rates of 10% to 18% in news articles when the press releases were not exaggerated. This was an onerous piece of research, with coding done by a large team of students, but the high concordance in exaggeration scores between blinded raters is reassuringly high.
7. Sometimes my field does horrific things: the psychologists of the CIA torture report.
8. Call out culture and a conversation about social justice and anger.
Not all people who don’t like anger are privileged. To oversimplify a lot: there are two kinds of people in the world. There are people who are angry! about! INJUSTICE! and want to shout a lot about it, probably with lots of insults. And there are other people who don’t want to be yelled at.
There is a certain tendency to assume that marginalized people are the ANGRY ONES and privileged people are the ones who don’t want to be yelled at. I have no idea where this conclusion came from.
Things I read this week:
Very little, as I was eaten alive by finals.