On May 16, 2011, Psychology Today published an article on attractiveness that contradicted the basic tenets of scientific rigor and exhibited pure irresponsibility on behalf of the Psychology Today editorial staff. [PLEASE NOTE: THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE HAS BEEN REMOVED. IT HAS BEEN RE-BLOGGED AT:http://blackgirlsguidetoweightloss.com/news-feed/stupid-study-why-black-women-are-fatter-dumber-more-manly-and-less-attractive-than-others/ ). Numerous psychologists have sent letters expressing disappointment and concern at the publication's recent decision. Psychology Today's response has been to pull the article. This superficial band-aid, however, only hides the wound's surface. The carelessness of the recent article marks a trend by Psychology Today to publish unreliable, pseudo-scientific content in the name of "science." This poor standard for presenting research is particularly concerning given the national popularity of publications such as Psychology Today, which are seen by many members of the general public as credible representations of psychological research.
Accordingly, we petition psychological professional associations to devise a formal statement alerting the public that given their track record Psychology Today should not be considered a reliable source of psychological knowledge. We also encourage the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science to devise mechanisms that may help to hold popular media sources, such as Psychology Today, accountable for the research they present to the public. The misuse and misrepresentation of psychological science, such as what has been seen today requires clear distancing from these types of publications.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
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