The Replication Crisis with Michael Inzlicht

Today we have Dr. Michael Inzlicht on the podcast. Dr. Inzlicht’s  primary appointment at the University of Toronto is as professor in the Department of Psychology, but he is also cross-appointed as Professor at the Roman School of Management, and he is a Research Fellow at the Behavioral Economics in Action group. Michael conducts research that sits at the boundaries of social psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience. Along with Yoel Inbar, he hosts the podcast “Two Psychologists Four Beers.”

In this episode we discuss:

  • How serious is the replication crisis in psychology?
  • Can the human social realm ever be removed from scientific critique?
  • Do psychologists need to grow a thicker skin?
  • Academic bullying vs. respectful critique
  • Is there a gendered element to bullying in science?
  • Is ego depletion real?
  • Methodological issues with the ego depletion paradigm
  • Real world ego depletion vs. laboratory-based ego depletion
  • The lack of correspondence between self-report measures of self-control and performance measures
  • The importance of distinguishing between self-control and self-regulation
  • The paradoxical relationship between trait self-control and state self-control
  • The “law of least work” or why we are so lazy most of the time
  • The psychology of boredom


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