The goal of Effectiviology is to help you learn about psychology and philosophy that have practical applications. You’ll learn about a variety of topics here, including mental performance, social psychology, practical philosophy, and logical fallacies.
Below, you will find answers to some common questions about the site. If you have any questions that didn’t get answered, feel free to send me a message, and I’ll get back to you with a response.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are a lot of articles. Where should I start?
Check out the start here page, which has recommendations for people who are visiting this site for the first time.
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.
I think I found an error in your work. Should I let you know?
Absolutely, please send me a message via the contact form. I really appreciate people pointing out any errors that they find, no matter how small (that includes typos, messed-up links, etc.).
I have an idea for a topic you should write about. Do you take suggestions?
Absolutely; send it to me via the contact form. I can’t promise I’ll end up writing about it, but I’ll definitely give it a look.
How often do you publish new material?
I publish a new article on the site around once every few weeks. On other weeks, I generally recap an already published article, which I edit and improve beforehand. If you want to get a summary of each weekly article together with a link, you can subscribe here.
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, though I do have Twitter and Facebook accounts that I will likely start using in the future, so you’re welcome to follow them. However, the best way to get notified about new articles for now is by subscribing to the email newsletter.
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’. If possible, you should include the URL of the specific article that you’re citing, in addition to its title.
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 be happy to find out the date for you (I generally respond fairly quickly to these requests). If you send me a message, please make sure to include the name of the article(s) that you’d like to find out the date for.
What sources do you use in your writing and how can I find them?
I use a variety of sources in my writing, depending on the topic.
For the most part, I try to base on writing on peer-reviewed, scientific literature as much as possible, as well as on other authoritative sources, such as books written by experts. I also try to track down original sources of various types whenever possible, particularly when discussing examples of certain concepts or their history; in cases where this is not possible, I provide the necessary caveats.
Some articles on the site cite more sources than others, with some articles citing dozens of sources, and others citing none. This is the natural outcome of the variability in terms of the literature available on different topics, both when it comes to the quantity of this literature as well as when it comes to its quality.
This means that while I try to cite as many supporting sources as possible for my articles, in some cases there are few—if any—ones that are appropriate. Furthermore, in some cases, the articles contain writing that is for the most part original, and is therefore not directly based on any source in a way that would necessitate a citation.
You can find the sources that I use in the body of each article, where they’re either linked directly, mentioned as a reference, or both, with links being the most common form of citation.
Note that in some articles, I mention concepts that are discussed in other articles on the site, and link to those articles directly; when this happens, you should go to the linked article to find the relevant sources on that topic.
Can I share, quote, republish, or translate and then republish your articles?
If you just want to link to an article or share a brief excerpt from it, that’s fine, and you can go right ahead.
If you would like to republish my articles, please contact me first to ask for permission. I’m generally okay with it, as long as you get permission first, and make sure to credit the original article properly (with a link and an attribution).
If you would just like to quote some material in a fair-use manner (e.g. for educational purposes), you can go right ahead, though please make sure to include a link and an attribution.
If you would just like to share my material with students for educational purposes, you can also go right ahead and do it; just make sure to include a link and an attribution.
Basically, as long as you’re not republishing a whole (or nearly whole) article for commercial purposes, and as long as you include a link and an attribution, you’re probably fine, but if you have any doubts, feel free to contact me (I generally respond quickly). I’m especially happy to hear from educators who find my work valuable and choose to share it with their students, even if you’re just letting me know about it.
Who writes the material for the site?
My name is Itamar Shatz, and I’m currently a PhD candidate at Cambridge University, where I also teach two graduate methodological courses (focusing on quantitative analyses in the social sciences and humanities). In addition to Effectiviology, I also author another website called Solving Procrastination, where I write about science-based approaches to dealing with procrastination.
How can I get in touch?
If you have any additional questions, suggestions, or comments, feel free to contact me.