Everything is fucked …

This syllabus of an (obviously) awesome class has a ton of good reads:

Everything is fucked: The syllabus

by Sanjay Srivastava

I would have two additions:

  1. A multi lab replication project on ego-depletion (Hagger & Chatzisarantis, 2016)
  2. And the response from Roy Baumeister and Kathleen D. Vohs

It’s a really good statement of how f… up things are (in addition to all the other good examples above) …

“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.” – Max Planck


how decisions deplete and breaks help

The New York Times published a nice overview of the work on decision making and ego depletion (often ego depletion is used as a synonym with resource depletion, which is somewhat confusing because of the use of the later in economy to described the situation when raw materials are exhausted in a region).

A new paper from Jonathan Levav (now at Standford – congrats!) is prominently featured in the above article. Levav et al analysed rulings in court cases and link them to the time when these rulings were made during the day. They showed that after breaks (lunches) the probability of getting probation dramatically increased, a results that blends nicely into the ego depletion idea which states that self-control is a limited resource that is depleted by decision (rulings) and can be restored by, e.g., rest.