Proverbs make any result make sense

we can draw on our stockpile of proverbs to make almost any result seem to make sense.
If a social psychologist reports that separation intensifies romantic attraction, John Q. Public responds, “You get paid for this? Everybody knows that ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder.’”
Should it turn out that separation weakens attraction, John will say, “My grandmother could have told you, ‘Out of sight, out of mind.’”

“Opposites attract.”
“Birds of a feather flock together.”

Chapter 1. Introducing Social Psychology
Myers, D. G. (2012). Social psychology (11th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Elegance Trumps Ethics In A Scientific Scandal

Elegance Trumps Ethics In A Scientific Scandal 
by Tania Lombrozo
April 29, 2013
Diederik Stapel, a Dutch social psychologist who committed fraud in 55, or more, of his scientific papers.

social psychology … the messiness of experimental data, which rarely led to clear conclusions.