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 strawman arguments.

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

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. If you want to get notified when this happens, you can sign up for the mailing list.


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

Effectiviology has no active social-media accounts at the moment, because I don’t have the necessary time to commit to maintaining them consistently. I might create these accounts sometime in the future, but until then, if you want to get notified about new articles, you’re welcome to join the mailing list.

If you do, then you get a simple weekly email, which contains a link to the new article, together with a summary. If you change your mind later, you can easily unsubscribe at any time.


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.


Who writes the material for the site?

All the content on the site is written by me (Itamar Shatz). I also do all the technical maintenance, background research, etc.


How can I get in touch?

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


The site’s privacy policy, disclosure policy, and general disclaimer can be found here.