About this site

This website is for people who want to understand the world better and learn how to do things the smart way. You’ll read about a variety of topics: everything from how to account for the influence of the halo effect, to how you can counter logical fallacies.

Each article is written with the following goals in mind:

  • Usefulness- the material needs to have real-world applications.
  • Conciseness- no unnecessary fluff.
  • Accuracy- no anecdotal or unsubstantiated advice.

The information in the articles comes primarily from research-based and expert-based knowledge, with a focus on scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals where possible.


Frequently Asked Questions

There are a lot of articles. Where should I start?

Check out this page, which has recommendations for people who are on this site for the first time.


How do you decide what to write about?

I look for topics that are interesting and beneficial to learn about. My focus is on useful psychology, primarily in terms of mental performance, social interactions, and optimal learning. However, I also write about other things that can be helpful, such as the role of logical fallacies in debates, and how to boost your productivity.


Most of the articles are too long for me. How can I get the TL;DR version?

At the end of each article, there is a ‘summary and conclusions’ section, which gives you a brief overview of the material. I recommend reading it even if you’ve already read the entire article, since it can help you go over the key points that you’ve just learned.


How often do you publish new material?

I publish a new article once a week, almost every week. If you want to get notified when this happens, you can sign up for the newsletter.


Do you have any social media accounts that I can follow in order to hear about new articles?

I currently have no active social media accounts for Effectiviology. If you want to get notified about new articles, you’re welcome to sign up for the newsletter.


I have an idea for a topic you should write about. Do you take suggestions?

Absolutely. If you find some interesting research paper, or think that you have an idea for something that fits the theme of the site, feel free to send it to me. I can’t promise I’ll decide to write about it, but I’ll definitely give it a look.


How do I cite one of your articles if I’m writing a research paper?

This depends on the citation style that you’re using (e.g. APA, MLA, Chicago), so you’ll have to check online for the exact specifications. In general, for the website name or the name of the publisher you would use ‘Effectiviology’, and for the author name you would use ‘Itamar Shatz’.

In terms of publication date, it’s currently not possible to see the date in which an article was published on the article page, so your options are to either cite it without a date (something which most citation styles can easily accommodate), or to send me a message and I’ll find out the date for you.


Can I republish any of your articles or translate them and then republish them?

If you would like to republish content from the site in any form, please contact me first to ask for permission. I’m generally okay with it, as long as you make sure to credit the original article properly (with a link).


Who writes the material for the site?

My name is Itamar Shatz, and I’m currently a PhD candidate at Cambridge University. In addition to Effectiviology, I also author another website called ‘Solving Procrastination‘, where I write about science-based approaches to understanding and dealing with procrastination.


How can I get in touch?

If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments, feel free to contact me. I would love to hear what you think.

Also, please feel free to let me know if you find any typos; I always appreciate it.


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