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Bad Methods

Bad Methods

By Devin & Mona
Bad Methods: A show about good science, bad science, fun science, and silly science. Created to bring knowledge, discovery, and fun to ALL of the humans. Your nerdy hosts are Devin & Mona. Art by Karen Llamas
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Your COVID Methods are Showing

Bad Methods

Your COVID Methods are Showing

Bad Methods

Your COVID Methods are Showing
Devin and Mona are appalled at how science is being used and misused in the midst of a global pandemic. Blog post cited: Biology papers cited:
March 27, 2020
Peer Review Blues
We've been gone a while (a recurring theme) but we're back! Off to the races to discuss all the troubling issues plaguing scientific research and academic culture. On this episode, Mona and Devin come across a group of scholars who've trolled a series of academic journals, leading to a deeper discussion into the current state of peer review. Articles discussed: Book of The Week: Technically Wrong - Sara Wachter-Boettcher
November 6, 2018
Eat, Sleep, Science, Repeat
Professor Reddit rears his ugly head again. Devin and Mona tackle the lack of replication in scientific research, and it appears philosophers may be better at psychology, than actual psychologists. Music Gorilla Biscuits by In De Nadfin You can contact us with feedback at, and follow us on twitter at @badmethodspod Articles discussed:
October 2, 2018
The Misadventures of Professor Reddit
Mona and Devin discuss issues of sampling in psychology research. Devin critiques a horrendous paper using Reddit as a source of truth, and Mona shares tales of research as an undergraduate student. Music Gorilla Biscuits by In De Nadfin Articles Discussed Apostolou, M. (2018). Why Men Stay Single? Evidence from Reddit. Evolutionary Psychological Science, 1-11. You can contact us with feedback at, and follow us on twitter at @badmethodspod
August 27, 2018
To Vignette or Not to Vignette
In our inaugural episode, we examine the use of vignettes in social sciences research. Mona tells a tale of her own bad methods, and Devin examines the BS and non-BS conditions used in vignettes. Music is Compassion by MeavyBoy Papers discussed are: Wang, Y., & Kosinski, M. (2017). Deep neural networks are more accurate than humans at detecting sexual orientation from facial images. Verkuyten, M., & Slooter, L. (2008). Muslim and non‐Muslim adolescents’ reasoning about freedom of speech and minority rights. Child Development, 79(3), 514-528. Gul, P., & Kupfer, T. R. (2018). Benevolent Sexism and Mate Preferences: Why Do Women Prefer Benevolent Men Despite Recognizing That They Can Be Undermining?. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 0146167218781000. You can contact us with feedback at
August 15, 2018