Friday, September 04, 2015

The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

Last Friday we spoke with a member of an initiative called the Reproducibility Project at the University of Virginia which recently reran 100 psychology experiments and found that in over 60 percent of them they were unable to replicate the findings. The results of the study, which were published last week in Science, have generated alarm that the field of psychology is in poor shape, however according to Lisa Feldman Barrett, a professor of psychology at Northeastern University and the author of the forthcoming book How Emotions Are Made: The New Science of the Mind and Brain, the failure to replicate is not a cause for alarm; but is in fact, a normal part of how science works.  She joins me today to discuss the study and why she feels that its results are not a cause for alarm. 

When the drug Truvada came onto the market it caused a fair amount of controversy and created a divide in the HIV/AIDS activist community, with some people arguing that it was the answer to finally combating the epidemic and others arguing that it would only encourage sexual risk-taking by providing a false sense of security.  Now, two and a half years into a large Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) program in San Francisco, we are starting to get some answers about the effectiveness of the drug to prevent HIV infection among those at very high risk of contracting the virus as well as the effect it has on the safe-sex practices of its users.  Joining me today to discuss the program and its results is Benjamin Ryan a writer who covers health care POZ Magazine.  You can also follow Ben on twitter.

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