University of Virginia
Electrifying studies that deserve a skeptical look
Electrifying studies that deserve a skeptical look

If you believe the headlines, then people would rather receive electric shocks than be alone with their thoughts for even 15 minutes. Or at least a lot of men would. It’s probably a better idea not to put wholesale faith in the headlines. And you might want to consider bringing a little skepticism to the conclusions of the study that purportedly found this in the first place. This is a painful — pun possibly intended — subject. Recently I’ve been trying to figure out why so many people reject sound, replicated science on such important topics as vaccines, climate change and genetically engineered food, preferring to think that the findings are simply the result of...