# Four Bad Habits of Modern Psychologists

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## Abstract

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## 1. Introduction

#### 1.1. Bad Habit #1: Inference Conflation

Increases in the Stroop effect have been observed for different frequenciesof congruent word-color pairsIf persons were to change thresholds when exposed to greater frequenciesof word-color pairs, they would show increases in the Stroop effectTherefore, persons changed thresholds

_{o}: μ

_{low}= μ

_{medium}= μ

_{high}

#### 1.2. Bad Habit #2: Anemic Modeling

^{2}= 0.20, with a higher proportion of survival-rated words (~53%) being recalled than vacation-rated words (~40%). These results were statistically replicated by Müller and Renkewitz: F(1, 31) = 12.13, p = 0.002, η

^{2}= 0.28, survival proportion = 0.50, vacation proportion = 0.40.

#### 1.3. Bad Habit #3: Much Ado about Nothing

_{direct}= a + bx

_{indirect}+ ε.

_{direct}= a + b

_{1}x

_{indirect}+ b

_{2}x

_{group}+ ε,

_{direct}= a + b

_{1}x

_{indirect}+ b

_{2}x

_{group}+ b

_{3}x

_{indirect*group}+ ε.

^{2}(ΔR

^{2}= 0.09, p < 0.05), and Vianello replicated this significant finding, showing that the interaction term increased multiple R

^{2}from 0.297 to 0.313 compared to the model with only main effects (ΔR

^{2}= 0.016, p < 0.05).

_{direct}values compared to the more parsimonious main effects model (Equation (1))? This question places emphasis on the individuals in the study as well as the original units of observation for bias (viz., the −2 to +2 rating scale), which is appropriate because explicit or implicit racial bias is a deeply personal experience, and the proxy to that experience in this study is the rating scale. Analyses should consequently eschew aggregate ΔR

^{2}and p-values from NHST and instead provide an individual-level assessment of the predictive accuracy of the regression models in the original units of observation. Only in this way can the theoretical or practical meaningfulness of the results be assessed adequately.

_{direct}are summarized as follows: n = 180, mdn = 0.023, min = 0.002, max = 0.200, 10th percentile = 0.005, 90th percentile = 0.102. Given minimum and maximum possible discrepancies of 0 and 4 on the rating scale, respectively, the median discrepancy of 0.023 shows a 0.58% lift in predictive accuracy when the interaction term is included in the regression model. The histogram in Figure 7 moreover shows that the absolute discrepancies for most of the participants (63%) are 0.04 or less, and 71% of discrepancies are less than 0.05, thus demonstrating the inconsequential impact of adding the interaction term to the main effect regression model. It is difficult to imagine how these results are theoretically or practically meaningful when considered at the level of the person. Picture, for instance, a male student named Nathan with a y

_{direct}score of 1.5 (range: −2 to +2) and a predicted score of 1.2 from the main effects regression model. Suppose further that by adding the interaction term, Nathan’s predicted score increases by 0.023 (the median discrepancy) to a value of 1.223. How can this difference reflect anything remotely meaningful in Nathan’s subjective experience as it pertains to the modifiability of the connection between his implicit and explicit racial biases? This is the central question that is left entirely unanswered by the modern model comparisons habitus which focuses on aggregate ΔR

^{2}values and NHST, and which leads to the unwarranted acceptance of overly complex (i.e., less parsimonious) models and trivial statistical effects in psychological research.

#### 1.4. Bad Habit #4: Measurement and Washing Brains

Strongly | Strongly | |||

Disagree | Disagree | Neutral | Agree | Agree |

1 | 2 | 3 | ④ | 5 |

I have a lot of height | ||||

Strongly | Strongly | |||

Disagree | Disagree | Neutral | Agree | Agree |

1 | 2 | 3 | ④ | 5 |

Strongly | Strongly | |||

Disagree | Disagree | Neutral | Agree | Agree |

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | ⑤ |

_{(3:5)}˅ Item 16

_{(3:5)}] ˄ Item 18

_{(1:4)}

- Item 4: I wish that something bad would happened to him/her
- Item 16: I have released my anger so I can work on restoring our relationship to health
- Item 18: I withdraw from him/her

## 2. Discussion

## 3. Conclusions

## Author Contributions

## Conflicts of Interest

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**Figure 1.**Means and standard errors for proportions of errors committed on the Stroop task for the low, medium, and high contingency conditions.

**Figure 2.**Proportions of errors committed on the Stroop task for the low, medium, and high contingency conditions. The results have been separated into three categories based on their ordinal patterns.

**Figure 4.**Model representing fitness-related and generic mnemonic processing of the words “truck” and “temple.” Visual images are represented as elongated hexagons; simple predication is represented as a circle; complex judgments are represented as pentagons; memory storage is represented as hexagrams; “Ef” represents efficient cause, and “Fi” represents final cause.

**Figure 5.**Model representing integration of “truck” into imagined scene of survival. Visual images are represented as elongated hexagons; simple predication is represented as a circle; complex judgments are represented as pentagons; memory storage is represented as hexagrams; “if” and “else” represent standard logical operators; “Ef” represents an efficient cause; “Fo” represents a formal cause, and “Fi” represents a final cause.

**Figure 6.**The observed vs. predicted values for each regression model, the two regression lines, and the 95% prediction intervals around each regression line (the dotted lines).

**Figure 7.**The histogram of absolute value discrepancies between Model 1 and Model 2 predicted observations.

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