Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Balance where it really counts

Nicholas Epley a1, Leaf Van Boven a2 and Eugene M. Caruso a1
a1 Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138
a2 Department of Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO 80309-0345


A balanced approach that considers human strengths and weaknesses will lead to a more flattering set of empirical findings, but will distract researchers from focusing on the mental processes that produce such findings and will diminish the practical implications of their work. Psychologists ought to be doing research that is theoretically informative and practically relevant, exactly as they are doing.