Psychological Science Is Made Out Of People

We aren’t analyzing you right now, we can’t help you with your problems, and regardless of whether your Uncle Horace would make a great case study we aren’t interested in meeting him. So what are these psychology degrees good for anyway then? In today’s episode we talk about how our training and work as psychologists has influenced us as people. Are psychologists are good or bad at relating to others (and how much of the answer is about self-selection versus causation)? Has being a researcher made us more analytical outside of our research? How do we react when people bring up astrology or the Myers-Briggs? Plus: We respond to a letter about when doing more replications turns into beating a dead horse.

The Black Goat is hosted by Sanjay Srivastava, Alexa Tullett, and Simine Vazire. Find us on the web at, on Twitter at @blackgoatpod, on Facebook at, and on instagram at @blackgoatpod. You can email us at You can subscribe to us on iTunes.

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This is episode 39. It was recorded August 2, 2018.