Another surprise from experimental social psychology

Here’s the first paragraph of a paper announcement researchers from the University of Montreal gave to EurekAlert! for release today:

Aggressive and hyperactive boys with low parental monitoring are more likely to befriend deviant peers and become heavy drug users as teens, according to a new study published in the journal Addictive Behaviors. Yet the investigation by scientists from the Université de Montréal and Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center found that bad boys can be protected from heavy substance use as teenagers if they are highly monitored and befriend good boys as children.

Perhaps I have keener insight into human behavior than most and that’s why this doesn’t seem exactly, err, earth-shattering. Or maybe there is some usefulness in … well, I can’t even suggest something.

Does this kind of research article show that: (a) there are too  many social psychology journals; (b) there are too many social psychologists; (c) social psychology departments get too much grant money; (d) social psychologists think the rest of us are idiots; (e) all of these; or (f) something else?

Define an experiment for that, and the results will be published somewhere.

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